Let’s face it. The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc around the globe, quarantining entire populations, and costing humanity the lives of thousands. But, even in times of hardships, there is always a silver lining.
Although it’s difficult to see the light during this pandemic, it’s possible that COVID-19 can have lasting benefits on your life, health, and well-being. Here are some ways our lives have improved due to quarantine.
Developing healthy habits
The coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty among people as it continues to spread daily. Additionally, some individuals are having a hard time sleeping, eating, or working from home because of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and way of life.
However, you’ve probably developed some healthy habits to help you cope with all the fear that the coronavirus brings. For instance, you can make daily meditation a permanent part of your routine to help your mind and body relax.
Other benefits of daily meditation include:
- Reduce stress
- Control anxiety
- Enhance self-awareness
Alternatively, you may have also incorporated home workouts into your daily routine to keep your body active and to increase your energy levels.
Spending more time with your loved ones
It’s no secret that the coronavirus has slowed down life for you if you were used to working or studying 24/7. Luckily, this creates an ideal opportunity for you to spend more time with your family members and friends.
For instance, for career mothers that got home when their kids are asleep, now is the time to read them bedtime stories and tuck them in. This way, you not only foster healthy relationships with your loved ones but also get to enjoy their company.
Research shows that nourishing family and friendship relationships has a positive impact on your health and well being. Also, it provides you with a support system you can rely on during this pandemic.
Keeping your home cleaner and better maintained
The shelter-in-place order is forcing everyone to stay indoors throughout the day. You may have taken this time to deep clean your home (and maybe you haven’t – that’s totally ok too!) But if you have, this has long-lasting benefits to your health.
For example, getting rid of any dirt or dust build up in your house minimizes your risk of developing allergies and other health conditions such as asthma. A clean home also creates a suitable and happy environment for working and relaxing, decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
You’re probably making fewer trips to the grocery store now that reducing physical contact is crucial in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, you’re learning how to make the most out of the resources you have, minimizing waste.
This has a significant impact on your environment as a decrease in the use of resources, lowers your carbon footprint, and reduces global warming. Moreover, reducing your waste allows you to become economical, saving more money than you spend.
Focusing on self-care
Finding time for self-care during this pandemic can be beneficial to your mental health. Whether your self-care consists of eating healthy, exercising more, taking a nap, or watching your favorite show, it needs to rejuvenate your body, lower your stress levels, and improve your productivity. Taking some time-out is also part of self-care, and it helps you restructure your mind.
Ultimately, despite this pandemic, you can adopt new habits that improve your overall physical and emotional health.