From the time you’re young, you learn that there are two ways to look at a seemingly bad situation – in a positive or negative light. It’s hard to look at what is going on in the world right now with a “glass half full” mindset, but there are some silver linings to being quarantined.
We are all ordered to stay home as much as possible
Negative thought: I’m stuck at home.
Positive thought: I can take time for myself
It’s not easy to relax right now, when you’re worried about finances, food and basic supplies, but how many of us at some point wished we could just stay home for once? Take this time to read a book, take an extra nap, sleep in a little longer, meditate or whatever helps you relax. We have to stay home, so you might as well take some time for yourself and rejuvenate. It will help your mental health and physical wellness.
You can’t hang out with friends or relatives
Negative thought: It’s stupid I can’t hang out with anyone outside of my house.
Positive thought: I’m protecting the people I care about.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and many health care officials have said the only way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives is to stay home. As many as 25% of people carry COVID-19 without showing any symptoms, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. This means people can have and spread the virus without knowing it. It’s a bummer to not see friends and relatives, but you can feel good knowing you’re potentially saving lives.
Use apps like Snapchat, Zoom, Skype or Facebook to video chat with the people you can’t see in person. Many people have been doing virtual happy hours, family dinners or weekly chats with these resources.
The “Stay Home” order has been going on for weeks and is expected to be extended
Negative thought: I’m so bored – I can’t believe we might have to stay home for another few weeks.
Positive thought: This is a great time to try out some new hobbies.
Having been quarantined to your home for a few weeks now, you may have exhausted a lot of your normal activities. This is an excellent time to try new things. Learn to cook, take up yoga, read a new book or try sewing or knitting. USA Today has a list of 100 things to do while you’re in quarantine.
Don’t be afraid to get outside and get fresh air. The start of spring and warmer weather is the perfect time to go for walks, plant a garden or play with the kids outside.
Quarantine makes families stay in close quarters
Negative thought: I am so sick of my family.
Positive thought: I am grateful for this extra time with my family.
To say you’ll never get annoyed being in close quarters with family would be a lie for most of us, but with nearly 12,000 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19, we should be thankful for the time we have with loved ones. Before the virus hit, majority of families struggled to find time to spend together, and the stay home order has given a lot of us more time to do so. Use quarantine as an opportunity to grow relationships and make cherished memories together.
We are all feeling the pressures of COVID-19 but thinking positively can make a world of difference. We will all make it through this together and come out on the other side stronger and more appreciative for the things we have and the people around us.