Coronavirus turned our daily routines upside down. We could no longer hug our friends and family, go to work or even go shopping. Keeping safe and protecting those around us was of paramount importance, but our mental health may have suffered because of it. Rapid antigen testing has made a sense of normality much more possible. As life begins to return to normal, the little things, like seeing friends for coffee, mean a whole lot more to us. Let’s look back at the activities people have missed most over the last twelve months.
Hugging our friends and family
Whilst this may have been taken for granted pre-covid, affection and physical touch have been sorely missed by many of us. There is nothing better than the friendly embrace of someone close to you.
We all love a restaurant trip – the food, the ambience and the service have all been sorely missed by many of us. As we all resort to cooking from home, or ordering in, nothing quiet beats a meal prepared by a professional chef.
Going to work
Now, hear us out. Though we have enjoyed the lie-ins, many of us miss the office gossip and a sense of structure in our daily lives. Working from home has been a nightmare for many of us. The stability of getting up at the same time every day and heading into the office has been dearly missed. As strange as it sounds, the prospect of returning to the office is exciting.
Imagine no more empty shelves, mile long queues and panic buying. The thought of having a pre-covid shopping experience is calming. A peaceful window-shopping experience or grocery trip is just around the corner.
Going to school
It’s not just children that have missed school life. Parents have also missed some peace and quiet. Teachers and nursery staff have not been able to see their students, and remote learning has been a nightmare for many of them. Luckily, thanks to rapid testing such as the Healgen rapid Antigen test, our kids can return to the classroom.
Grabbing a coffee
Buying a hot steaming cup of coffee before a long workday or sitting down with friends and sharing a brew has been a widely missed activity. For many, grabbing a coffee is a daily ritual, and something that has been sorely missed.
For many of us, the gym is extremely important. It allows us to work out our bodies whilst boosting our serotonin levels; it gives us a sense of accomplishment. Though some have resorted to home workouts, the atmosphere of the gym cannot be replicated. Fitness classes have also been cancelled, meaning that we have all had to brave working out alone.
Who doesn’t love a cinema trip? The excitement of viewing a long-awaited movie on the big screen has been taken from all of us, and we have been left watching films on our own boring televisions. To make matters worse, many up and coming movie productions have been cancelled, so we are left to stream movies we have already seen.
Festivals and concerts are a much-missed activity. Whilst we have been able to view our favourite bands perform online, it isn’t the same as being at a concert with other fans. For a lot of us, music is a big part of life – concerts are a treat that we cannot wait to have back.
At-home haircuts have been a nightmare. We often come out of lockdowns looking very overgrown and in desperate need of a trim. A good haircut can give us a great self-esteem boost. A lot of us cannot wait to able to book a professional cut from our favourite stylist in the near future.