In this dangerous and alarming situation, where millions of people are bound to isolate themselves at home, we need people to look at the brighter side of the picture.
Coronavirus, which is clearly the defining moment of 2020 thus far, has affected people in various ways: keeping people isolated at home, reducing social interactions, and forcing them to stay out of gyms, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, and even offices.
That’s when I realized…
In spite of the deadly virus taking over the world, there’s a critical need for positivity to be shared among the people in order to help them cope with their fears about this virus that emerged from China and is now gripping the world.
How coronavirus can help you take a break in your robotic life
We all are living in a world where we are so caught up in earning money that we forget to enjoy the beautiful life that is given to us.
We are living such a systematic life that we are on the verge of becoming a robot –an emotionless being.
However, coronavirus is giving us the opportunity to take a break from our hectic life and spend time with our loved ones.
Cherish the small moments
Stop your life from running on auto-pilot. Make the most of this lockdown and savor the small moments: hearing your children play, feeling a warm shower on your back, reading a book while smelling the coffee in your hand, listening to your old parents’ stories, and so on.
In this way, you are not just becoming relaxed but are giving your brain a chance to boost your serotonin – the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps elevate your mood and make you feel calm.
Kat says “The age of Coronavirus has made it abundantly clear just how much we need each other. Now, we see clearly how much it matters to be able to see a friend face to face, to hug, to look into their eyes, to laugh or cry with them in the same place and time. When this pandemic gets under control and we can get together again, I hope we remember the longing that filled these days and hours. May it usher in a new era of less loneliness and exquisite connection.”
Strengthen your connections
This is the golden opportunity for those who are in a family lockdown to spend quality time with our loved ones.
Hug your kids or partner every morning, look at them in the eyes and let them know how much you love them, share your life stories and indulge in long-lasting conversations with them.
All of these gestures and actions boost your oxytocin, a hormone that bonds people and also has a calming effect on your body.
Rabbi Shlomo says “It is an opportunity for couples to slow down and really focus on their relationship. Many couples are so busy that they don’t make time for each other. Now they have all of the time in the world. This is an excellent opportunity for them to work on their marriage, get to know each other in a deeper way, and bond. Taking this time to connect is a positive account of this virus that will make your relationship even stronger!”
Make time for yourself
‘Me’ time is an essential time of the day to remove the negative consequences in your life and to make yourself a better person both inside and outside.
I know what you’re thinking…
We barely get time to spend with the family in our strenuous lives, how can we manage to take time for ourselves?
This lockdown is the golden chance and a solution to the question. ‘Me’ time does not only re-energize you but most importantly, it helps you think clearly and make better decisions.
Aleksandra says “My company introduced working from home a week ago. I’m housebound, and the good thing about it is that I have a lot more time to cook my own food, instead of ordering or buying on the go. The best part of it is that my diet is a lot healthier now.I’ve already started cooking healthier meals and picking better ingredients. I also find this cooking breaks very calming. It feels good to focus my attention on something completely different from my work for an hour or so. To keep it interesting, I constantly look for new recipes and meals I can try out.”
Develop your skills
In this modern world of rapidly changing technology, you need to keep yourself updated with the latest technology trends.
But learning new skills out of a hectic schedule is a challenge.
However, in this lockdown, you can commit yourself to spend time learning new skills by taking online courses or reading books.
Akachi Obijiaku says “A lot of times people don’t have time to reflect on their life goals, work on developing new skills, and really reflect on their vision. We are always in motion, going to work every day, trying to keep up with a never-ending to-do list, etc. With social distancing, a lot of these distractions are eliminated, so take the time to really think about your purpose, and map out what you want the rest of your life to look like.”
Not having to Commute to Work
You no longer have to worry about waking up hours before catching a bus to your work.
Working from home will not only make your day more productive but also you will be saving on gas or your bus fare.
David says “The silver-lining of coronavirus is the amount of time saved daily no longer having to commute to the office. My days are much more productive because I save 3 hours of commute time that no longer is part of my daily routine. I imagine that the savings on gas and wear and tear on my automobile are not insignificant either”
Every dark cloud has a silver lining and this is the best time for you to come out from this pandemic even stronger.
Stay safe and take care!