Nobody expected the last year to have ended up the way that it did. Covid-19 has taken over the world and put us all into a new normal that might be hard to get used to at times.
The global pandemic has meant there have been times where we needed to stay at home, and while it is so easy to focus on the negatives such as lack of interaction with friends and family, no socialising, and needing to be indoors more than we would like, there are some positives that are worth looking at as well.
So with that in mind, here are some of the positive aspects of this new normal. While we still face a level of care and due diligence there are some plus sides worth noting and remembering.
We all need a bit of extra time in our lives that is for sure. Many of us will have even said things like “if only I had more time” and this is what lockdowns and staying at home more often has obviously given us.
It is a positive and not a negative. Think of all the things you have likely managed to do. It could be reading a book, or it might have been learning something new. Many people decorated their homes, decluttered, working on personal projects and managed to even do small things like bake.
But the biggest thing the time side of things has given us, is quality time with our family. Staying at home with our bubble has meant that we have been with one another for longer than usual.
While that can be hard at times, if you have children, or have busy careers, you will likely never get this time back again to just be with one another. So treasure it as it is only temporary. If you haven’t done some of the things you set out to do, there’s still time to make those things happen.
Remote learning can be fun
Another thing that has happened for so many, be it children, university students or even adult learners is that attendance in educational establishments has now turned to remote learning from home; joining Zoom classes or Google Teams for lessons, working hard on projects and submitting things digitally.
It can be very stressful. If you are finding the remote learning hard to handle with screen time and using technology, you can still enjoy university life. An article that shares 8 tech-free tips to enjoy university during lockdown could be essential reading to help you enjoy the other side of university life.
Education remotely isn’t always going to be easy, but it does give you that bit of extra time to take things in, or even explore new ways to learn skills and strategies.
Working from home
Finally, another positive from lockdown could be working from home. Maybe you have wanted this for some time, and lockdown has shown just how flexible working from home could be.
It may help you to get a better home and work life balance, perhaps it has shown your employer that you can still be productive and remote working can be achievable. Many employers had said in the past that remote working wouldn’t work, but lockdowns have shown that it is possible. Which could mean a whole new working future for you.
Let’s hope this has helped you to see some of the positives of lockdown life.