COVID-19 has taught us a lot about living in isolation. Mostly all the countries in the world put a lockdown and everybody started staying at home. These are tough times and everyone is trying to get through these days. The whole world is doing its bit by maintaining social distancing and staying at home. There are many lessons learned in this situation.
When the COVID-19 cases started to increase in the US and the government put a lockdown everywhere nobody thought it’s going to be this intense with every passing day. Before the lockdown, I heard a lot of news about the COVID-19 on TV with cases increasing and people being quarantined. I was speaking to my family back in India and was discussing Coronavirus and how people in China are being quarantined if they suspected of it. I also remember speaking to them as to how serious this can be and we are so lucky of not having cases in our countries.
Just after a few days, I had all my annual doctor and other appointments. Also, I volunteer at the local library near my house and had plans to do more volunteering work for some upcoming events. It was the first week of March and as days passed I kept hearing more and more cases spreading all around the world.
After the first week of March, the spread became more serious in the US. Everywhere people started panicking about it. My doctor’s appointment was on 16th March and I was scared to go, but I had to go as it was an important consultation on my prescriptions. The doctor’s appointment went fine and just when I came back home I heard the news of lockdown in my city. All the bars, restaurants, schools and colleges were on lockdown. I also got a mail from my library saying they won’t be functioning till the next notice from the government.
Things started getting worse, we stocked up on all the groceries that we need for 2 weeks and mostly stayed at home. Initially staying at home was fine but as days passed it started getting frustrating. Now it’s almost a month since the whole outbreak started and it has taught me some very valuable lessons.
- Being Responsible and Helpful: The first most important thing I learned from this situation is being responsible for myself and my loved ones. It has taught me to take responsibility in the house and helping others by doing my bit. These are the times when everyone has to be helpful and responsible for each other. It can be tempting to leave our houses and go out but we need to be responsible not just to ourselves but also to our loved ones and communities.
- Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness: I know this is being taught to us right from our childhood but we don’t follow it so well. We expect the kids to follow it but we too miss on it sometimes. I have always been an OCD person right from my childhood so this was easy. But this situation helped me to do a deep cleaning of my house and declutter a lot of non-essential stuff. Now I wash all my vegetables before I cook, clean all the grocery boxes and keep disinfecting my house more often.
- Minimalist living: One thing this situation has taught me is that you don’t really need a lot of things to survive. I know we all like traveling, eating out and shopping for all the things we desire, but I realize we do this even when it’s not really essential. This situation has taught us to live happier and more content with what we already have. It has also made me realize all the things that I don’t require or doesn’t align with my lifestyle. I removed a lot of stuff that is not required and with fewer things around my house looks cleaner than ever.
- Valuing life: We hear and read this a lot in quotes “Value what you have.” Initially, I used to complain a lot about certain things in general but this situation as it started getting intense made me realize about the things I am blessed with and not about things that I don’t have. I know this situation can make you feel stressed and impact your balance in life but what keeps me going is looking at it positively and valuing the family, love, support and the life I am blessed with.
- Patience: This was the most important skill that I learned from this situation. I know staying at home and dealing with this situation can make you feel angry, frustrated, and upset with people around you but I realized that we all are in this together and if we want to overcome this situation we all need to stay together in peace and harmony. We all are humans after all and these are difficult times but by practicing patience. I feel we can have better mental health and healthy relations with our family and friends in such intense times.
Also I would like to say that not just me but all of us who are lucky to have the internet services with us today make it so much easier to be connected to our family and friends. There are so many things we can learn through the internet in this quarantine, order stuff online, work from home, learn to cook, studying a certification and watch our favorite shows and movies. I am so thankful for the facilities and services we have today which are helping us to overcome these times.
So these are a few changes I saw in my life with the current situation. Being responsible and helpful, maintaining hygiene and cleanliness, living minimally, valuing the life I have and being patient. This stay home challenge not just bought our loved ones together but also the whole world to fight this situation. Above all, I thank and value for the life I have and pray for those who are fighting with this virus.