They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit.
Well, it’s been 36 days of compulsory nation-wide self-isolation courtesy of coronavirus, and yes, some habits have now been established and entrenched. Such as, ahem, unnecessary snacking at all times of the day.
Of course, humans are creatures of habit and many of us have become accustomed to and acquainted with our lockdown life. And whilst the onset of shutdown seemed as sudden as it did drastic, we’re now seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel much sooner – at least in Australia – than first predicted. Prime Minister Scott Morrison even said we deserve “an early mark”.
It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic brought about unimaginable hardship, and the return to ‘normal’ will be welcomed like a warm hug from loved ones – literally.
But there are some habits we have all gained from our temporary lockdown lives, that will be hard to forgo once shutdown is lifted.
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We asked women what habits they will find hardest to break. There’s five in particular we all seemed to agree on.
Our isolation uniform.
Ah, yes. Trackpants, jumpers, ugg boots and activewear. Take your pick.
Whether it’s a Wednesday or a Sunday, the criteria for at-home clothing is two-ticks long: comfortable and cosy.
Heels? Jeans? Button-ups? They’re all covered in cobwebs by now. As one colleague put it, “I feel like we need a grace period where work-from-home clothing is allowed in the outside world.” She was met with enthusiastic head-nods over Zoom, so I guess we’re all in agreement?