I, too, am annoyed by any person that says “Aw shucks, I don’t want global quarantine to end, it’s been fun!” But… I will admit there are many benefits that come as a result of the COVID19 quarantines. Here are four that I’ve experienced personally, making me believe some side-effects of the global pandemic are actually a blessing in disguise.
– Necessity really is the mother of invention. So far I have made baked salmon with pesto, roasted chicken, stuffed mushrooms, lemonade, and sauteed apples. I used to be the queen of to-go food and eating out, and when the pandemic started, I thought nothing would change for my eating habits. I was wrong, and thankfully so! It was boredom that did the trick – sheer boredom. And boredom is my nemesis, so I decided to make a recipe come to life. Viola! I have a re-inspired love of la cocina.
– I listed the yoga studio (shoutout Black Swan Yoga!) as the number one thing I miss due to quarantine. However, finding new ways of getting my exercise has been fun! I’ve gotten back into hula hooping, and my house mates and I enjoy long walks almost every day. Jogging and yoga outdoors, plus dancing in the kitchen, have all been easy, accessible, and free ways of getting my daily workout.
Plus, being stuck at home means there is literally no excuse, unless you’ve forgotten how to tie your shoelaces.
– Finding the motivation to exercise has been easier than ever for me because sometimes, and I don’t know about y’all, another minute with my house mates is the last thing I can handle, and a jog or walk is the perfect release.
– Communication is critical, but under quarantine, people don’t have the normal escapes and routines that may have allowed their relationships to function. Being forced indoors at home has undoubtedly aired a lot of grievances that had been swept under the rug, and that can definitely be a good thing!
– Sometime after the third week was the first blowout argument under quarantine, and everyone has experienced the discomfort of the silent treatment, but by now people are on good behavior. We learn from experience that conflict is better resolved with the least amount of yelling, harmful words, and slammed doors. Though this is a tough lesson to learn, those that value a harmonious home will learn from the opportunity.
4. Practicing Self-Care.
– The experience of quarantine and the necessity of remaining at home is a breeding ground for co-dependent people to feel triggered by the conflicting demands of the needs of others, versus their own personal needs. Finding the balance between being self-caring and being open to receiving and giving love to others is the daily challenge for any recovering co-dependent person.
Therefore, quarantine life is an amazing opportunity to put into practice the lessons of detachment. Through detachment, we realize we can easily live our best life without worrying about how others in the household may feel. This obstacle-turned-opportunity can strengthen a person’s self-awareness and confidence in her ability to take care of herself.
– Living among other with no real escape (quarantine life) can be used as an excuse to avoid action for fear of upsetting someone, but the close quarters should be seen as an opportunity to voice our needs, wants, and wishes in a reasonable fashion. We can also practice not taking anything personally, and holding ourselves accountable for co-dependent behavior.
In conclusion, I encourage you to see the quarantine as an endurance exercise, and the only competition is yourself.
Try and relax into your life, realizing through your mindset and actions that you are strong, free, trustworthy, and worthy of experiencing goodness and joy (whatever that means to you.)
Thanks for reading!
P.S. How has quarantine affected your mental health? Have you discovered any new things that benefit you? Comment below and please share your thoughts!
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