For all the fear, anxiety and unknowns that Covid19 had brought to the world it is easy to overlook the good things that have come from this virus.
Good things? I hear you say? Well yes. We know the air is cleaner, seas are clearer and nature is enjoying the lack of human activity. Whilst we are all having difficult times during lockdown, there are some positives coming out of this.
I have friends who were feeling quite frazzled at the beginning of this year. Being furloughed has enabled them to rest. It has given them the chance to recharge and re-evaluate what they want to do with their lives, whilst not having the pressures of juggling work, home and family.
This enforced rest has enabled long running injuries to heal, and thoughts to slow down and stop. Our bodies have needed rest from our hectic lifestyles and this virus has given us the opportunity to do so.
We now have a greater sense of community – neighbours are helping each other and as consumers we have moved to using local businesses instead of larger brands. Businesses have learned, quickly, how to change their offering and go to the customer, instead of expecting the customer to come to them.
I am not denying that having reduced freedom of movement, being separated from friends and family, alongside financial worries is not stressful and isn’t affecting everyone. And some are coping much better with the situation than others. But I do believe that this enforced down time has opened up new opportunities and behaviours and has given a lot of us some much needed space to regroup.
Hopefully we will come back stronger and determined to make positive changes for our future.