Finding The Silver Lining In The Pandemic - Is There One?

By: Milton, Chiara

Published On: June 21, 2021

The second wave of Covid-19 caused widespread havoc in India. India recorded the highest single day spike with 4,14,188 fresh coronavirus infections on May 6, 2021.

On Tuesday, June 15, India registered 60,471 fresh Covid-19 infections which was the lowest in about 77 days.-(Source: India Today)

As the cases have started declining, lockdown restrictions are being relaxed. The lockdown proved to be beneficial for most of us, in more ways than one:

  1. Increased family time:

Pre-lockdown everyone at home was busy with their own lives. Be it going to work, school or hanging out with friends at a movie. Despite the want, meeting family for many became a Sunday affair and for some, even lesser. This situation arose primarily because of professional and social commitments. 

This took a 180 degree turn during the lockdown. Now making it possible to have all three meals of the day together. Families can play board games , watch movies and have meaningful conversations with each other. 

Family has always been the strongest sense of support for many and this became a time for each of us to equally be there for one another. Especially in a time where so many others were left alone and feeling lost while living on their own. 

  1. Health is truly wealth:

Confined to our homes owing to the lockdown, we now have the time to plan a diet and chalk out an exercise routine for ourselves. Even if we’re working from home or attending online classes, we still have enough time to maintain our exercise routines. The pandemic being a major threat to health has made us twice as aware of the importance of maintaining good health and adopting an overall healthy lifestyle. 

Online exercises are the new trend, we can follow workout routines of our choice. Due to lockdown, the availability of more time at home can help you gain better control over what you eat, how you utilize resources and plan healthier everyday living routines. 

  1. Increased time for introspection:

Most of us have realised that we took our daily activities for granted. Simple things like travelling by public transport, watching a movie or even hugging each other can’t be done now without thinking twice. We have learnt to value little things a lot more. Our perspective towards life has changed. We see people struggling for basic necessities in the pandemic which is unfortunate. Bringing us a stronger realisation that we should do more for the community around us. 

If a change is what you are looking to make, then here are a few people who you can help. Help those in need.

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds (financial help) to support medical, personal or social causes which are dear to you. Many people have come forward to start fundraisers or donate to them. Starting one takes just 5 minutes

  1. Discovering new hobbies

For most of us, now is the time to try out new hobbies or things we always wished to do. Be it singing, playing the piano, painting, learning to trade in the stock market or something else. We have a lot of time on our hands which allows us to learn new things or rediscover our old hobbies which we left behind when we were younger. 

According to a survey by The Healthy Work Company, a workplace mental health consultancy, 22 percent of respondents had taken up a new pastime in lockdown, while 35 per cent had rediscovered an old one. The findings also suggested that trying out new things seemed to have a more beneficial effect – 41 per cent of those taking up a new activity reported a positive impact on their mental health, compared to 30 per cent for those focusing on old hobbies. (Source: Positive.News)

  1. Being grateful for technology

We have now realised how invaluable technology is, it has played a very pivotal part in our daily life during the lockdown. With the help of technology we can stay in connection with our loved ones who are far away from us, virtual meetings and WFH became the new normal. Physical gatherings are not possible so people started utilizing technology to socialize with near and dear ones. 

The education sector shifted to digital learning. Students soon became familiar with Zoom calls for lectures and attempting their exams online. 

Our doctors and healthcare workers deserve a special shout out from all of us  for their relentless dedication to ensuring our good health. They are putting their lives on the line for us each day while saving many lives along the way. 

To show your gratitude you can start a fundraiser to support and appreciate the efforts of doctors and healthcare workers on Impact Guru. You can also donate to ThankANurse or other causes on our crowdfunding platform. 

With all the negativity looming around us, it is important to stay positive and focus on the things that changed us for the better. We should understand that “this too shall pass” and that we are not alone in this battle.

Are you an introvert? Or know someone who is?  The introvert’s way of dealing with a difficult situation can help you or the person you know cope in these trying times