Turning 4 Negatives Of A Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Into Positives

George J. Ziogas

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The health crisis we're currently facing is a strange and difficult time for everyone. Even those who havenot been directly affected by the COVID-19 virus have still experienced a drastic change in day-to-day life. The uncertainty of how this situation will unfold is the source of much fear and anxiety within our society.

Every situation that life throws our way, even the current pandemic, is almost entirely affected by how we approach it. It would be totally incorrect to say this is a positive time period. However, there ARE positives that can be separated from the issue itself.

Let's highlight 4 seemingly negative aspects of quarantine and isolation that, with a simple change of perspective, can become the silver linings in an otherwise gloomy moment.

Nothing But Time On Your Hands

Right now you may be resentful of the fact that all of the things you normally enjoy are out of the question. However, how many other things have you always told yourself you'd like to try or get done if you “only had the time”?

For the first time in probably forever, there's plenty of time available to get to these things. Whether this is a home project, taking up a new hobby or simply catching up on rest, consider this lull in the craziness of everyday life to be the perfect opportunity to act on these things.

Realizing How Much You Took For Granted

If we were told months ago that we would be forced to go weeks on end without going out to eat, spending time with our friends or even going to our favorite local establishments, this would seem like crazy talk! It's amazing how many facets of everyday life we take for granted.

This is a unique period of time that has forced us to actually realize how fortunate we are to get to do the things we enjoy on a regular basis. When all this is over and the world is once again open for business, you'll undoubtedly have a far greater appreciation for otherwise “normal” parts of your life.

It Could Be Much Worse Than Being Bored And Stressed Out

A lot of individuals are indulging in self-pity at the fact that they're stuck at home with nothing to do. It's important to realize that, if this is your biggest issue right now you're EXTREMELY fortunate.

Many, many people are going through a horrible experience right now. Those who are critically ill from the virus or watching family members suffer as well as our healthcare workers who are under an immense amount of stress while they care for sick individuals would trade places with you in a heartbeat!

Perspective is everything, especially at this point in time. If you're currently healthy and stuck at home, celebrate that. Your situation could be so much worse.

Appreciate Your Family Members Driving You Crazy

Spending enough quality time with your significant other and children is often derailed by the hectic schedules and plethora of responsibilities that most of us encounter in our normal lives. While being stuck in your house with these people may be driving you crazy right now, enjoy the experience for what it is.

Now is a great time to reconnect with those closest to you. Instead of resenting the fact that you can’t get some alone-time, appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some face-to-face interaction with your immediate family.

When things eventually return to normal, you'll be glad you had the chance!

You can do this!

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