With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, it can be difficult to see the brighter side of things. It’s obviously easier to see all the negatives: lockdown orders, loss of jobs (which leads to loss of income to many), and that overwhelming fear of anxiety most of us now have on a daily basis. However, it is all about looking at a situation with a different mindset.
Now, before you think I am saying COVID-19 is secretly a blessing in disguise – I don’t. In simple terms – it sucks.
This is a very scary and vulnerable time in the world. But there can almost always be a silver lining to a situation or event.
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Here Are Six Positive Things That Can Come Out of The COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown:
Spending more time with loved ones
If you live with family or friends, then these are your 24/7 people in the next few weeks. And while sometimes too much of someone can test your patience, overall it does allow us to spend more time together. Movie and game nights have been more frequent throughout the past few weeks.
Going on walks and bike rides together when it’s sunny out has become part of a daily routine, rather than a “when I feel like it” sort of thing. We learn to appreciate those around us, to value them, and not take them for granted. Every minute we spend together is valuable.
The rise of online grocery and meal service deliveries
The stay at home order has been implemented for a while now, and while grocery stores are still open and restaurants offer to carry out, let’s be real – leaving the nest can be quite an anxiety-producing these days.
So what is the solution?
Ordering groceries to be delivered through Instacart, placing orders from your local restaurant to be delivered through apps such as DoorDash and GrubHub.
One great thing about these apps/services is that you can request for front porch – no contact drop off.
Meal plan delivery kits such as Purple Carrot and Blue Apron have seen a rise in subscriptions throughout the past few weeks. Having pre-packaged and portioned out quality ingredients delivered to your doorstep takes off some of the daily stress.
Learning or rediscovering a hobby
There is only so much Netflix and Disney+ you can watch all day, every day. So go on Pinterest and try out that recipe you’ve always wanted to. Pick up some yarn and teach yourself how to crochet or knit.
Swap out a Youtube video and immerse yourself in a cozy book.
There are many apps out there that teach you how to speak a new language. Now is the time to try out a new hobby or rediscover one that you may have put on the back burner for a while.
Less screen time
So this kind of ties in with the last point, but sooner or later your eyes can only take so much binge-watching. And while people are Facetiming with loved ones more than ever, let’s be real. Your inbox is probably not swarming with messages. After all, day to day life is basically not as exciting as it usually is.
When stuck at home, everyone is on edge whether they admit it or not, so there’s just not much to text about. And while checking up on friends you haven’t heard from in years is more likely than not happening, people seem to be making actual phone calls these days to have a genuine conversation.
Dating expectations and …. then some
Gone are the days (at least for the time being) where you can ask that cutie at the bar for their number and go on a date the very next day. With social distancing taking place, many singles are on dating apps like Tinder more than ever.
Now, not everyone is looking for a genuine connection. But talking to a bunch of meh or more than meh singles can pass the time. Plus, if you do make a potential genuine connection with someone, it is now a test to your patience. You won’t be able to meet up till after this is all over, which means keeping up with a legit conversation.
For those who just started dating, they must find alternative ways to keep the sparks going – such as dates through Skype (some people have dinner “together”). Overall, quality dating is rising.
Warning – many articles have said that this lockdown and stay at home order or has also shown a rise in exes trying to reconnect just to pass the idle time – yikes.
At times like these, we do tend to look towards our spirituality and connect more with ourselves in that sense. It is a time to reflect on life, patience, value, and so much more.
And number six basically leads to the conclusion. That while this is a very stressful time, we can also try our best to see things in a more positive light – or at least see the silver lining. Through this experience, we are learning how to be patient, kind, and see the value of things and people that we sometimes take for granted. Like they say, sometimes you can’t miss something until it’s gone.