Heart Matters readers share the ways lockdown has helped them to develop, and what lessons they hope to take forward as restrictions ease.
A year on from the first lockdown in March 2020, we asked Heart Matters readers to share their experiences of one of the most challenging periods most of us can remember, and hundreds of you responded.
While one in five of our readers said their mental health had suffered during lockdown, half of you told us that you had experienced both positive and negative effects.
We’ve all been through a difficult year, which has tested us in numerous and unpredictable ways. Many of you responded by finding new ways of living, working, and connecting with others. Your stories have painted a rich picture of the changes we have found the toughest, and those we have embraced. They are valuable not only as a snapshot of what we’ve lived through, but as lessons we hope to take forward as lockdown eases.
1. The power of connection
For many people, the most challenging part of lockdown has been long periods of…