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Going into national lockdown is not the kind of thing that makes you consider the world with optimism. Unfortunately, that’s the fate of many countries as they try to contain the spread of coronavirus. As such, you’re probably reading this from your place of self-isolation, home, and wondering when you will be allowed to see your friends and families again. We’re all in the same boat here, and you can be sure that many share your feelings across the planet. However, time is no for self-pity. While scientists are racing to unlock the weaknesses of COVID-19 and develop a potent vaccine, we can do our bit by staying positive.
How do you stay positive when you’re stuck at home, you ask. Who better than the Monty Python themselves can answer that question? Always look on the bright side of life. As surprising as it might sound, there is something positive about going into lockdown and self-isolating.
Everybody discovers that most jobs can happen from home
How long have you been asking your boss to make your role part-time remote or fully remote? If you’re like more employees, you’ve probably had the same conversation for years with no chance of regaining work/life balance. However, the Coronavirus outbreak is forcing companies to embrace home-based work. Not everybody, unfortunately, can work from home or secure their jobs in this challenging situation. But a lot of professionals have made the move towards a home-office successfully. When the whole family can work from home, you rediscover the pleasure of social life. There is no more getting up early in the morning or coming back late from work. You can jump in your favourite homewear and turn the laptop on. You’re ready for work, and as such, you can arrange your time to fit family duties too.
We can’t hide behind our bad habits
Ah, bad habits! Nobody’s perfect. We all have habits we’d rather change, but, until now, we’ve always found a good excuse not to.
I don’t have time.
There’s too much going on at work.
It’s not as bad as it looks.
Regardless of your go-to reason not to quit, now’s the perfect time to improve your lifestyle and get rid of your unhealthy habits. If you’ve found it hard to stay active, you can introduce a home workout schedule for the family, for instance. If you’ve been trying to quit smoking, you can switch to a vape kit to help you gradually reduce your consumption. Unhealthy habits affect our immune systems. Getting rid of them is likely to boost your natural defences against infections and makes you less vulnerable to health complications. In short, COVID-19 could be a motivation to get healthy.
Nature is waking up
Almost none cars on the road or planes in the sky. COVID-19 had stopped almost all travel, except for short-distance commuting in town. We are changing our driving habits as we reduce unnecessary outings and contacts. And, as we do, we are part of one of the most significant environmental movements in centuries. We are reducing congestion and air pollution. Environmentalists agree that the coronavirus outbreak has a positive impact on climate change and nature. There is no saying whether we’ll be able to maintain the positive results. But it certainly shows that if you all work together, we can indeed reduce, if not stop, climate change.
Caremonging is a new concept
What is caremonging? Caremonging encourages people to get together to support vulnerable individuals. Canadians are creating online groups to offer help to those who are the most at-risk. As a result, individuals offer goods and services to those who are trapped or provide information about shops or shopping help. Everywhere around the planet, people are lending a helping hand where it is needed. For the first time in many years, the community spirit is reborn as we all face COVID-19 together.
We learn to switch the screen off
First day of self-isolation: Laptop and TV. By the end of the first week, you’ll be tired of the screen overload. You’ll need some time off-screen to recharge your batteries. More and more people will be reaching out to books, board games, or merely rediscovering the art of conversing. As we finally switch the screen off, we can nurture our creativity and mental health. Self-isolation encourages us to find entertainment away from the screens, which is good for your mood, your eyes, and your imagination.
In conclusion, it would be foolish to pretend that the coronavirus outbreak is a force for good. Of course, it isn’t. But it drives people to change their way of thinking and behaving, which can have a fantastic impact on everyday life. As we’ve learned from Life of Brian, always look on the bright side of life.