The Covid-19 lockdown hasn’t been all bad, has it? If you had told me back in January that we’d be forced to shut everything down due to a deadly worldwide pandemic, I would never have believed you. I think the same goes for everyone. Who’d have thunk it, eh?
At first, the thought of a lockdown seemed really daunting and stressful but once we adjusted and figured out new routines for ourselves, it all became a lot more manageable, didn’t it? Suddenly, we became a lot more calm and focused and our days didn’t seem as overwhelming as they once did back in late-March and early-April.
Personally, I’m a lot more at peace with everything now and I’ve started thinking about the good things that have come out of lockdown. Here are some of the positives I’ve discovered:
Moving out of my apartment and back in with my parents
Moving out of my apartment and back into my family home wasn’t something I was seriously considering until news of the pandemic hit in early-March. Prior to lockdown, I was happy to stay in my apartment another few months, potentially until the end of the year, before even considering moving but when Covid-19 reached us, things immediately got real.
I didn’t want to go through lockdown alone, especially not in a high-rise building with no backyard and thousands of other people around me. I quickly packed up everything I owned (which wasn’t much thanks to being a minimalist), called a team of movers, and officially moved back in with my parents in mid-April. Lockdown pushed me to make a decision regarding moving and I’m glad it did because I absolutely love being back in my family home in the suburbs with my family.
Slower days, slower pace
After the initial shock of the pandemic and lockdown wore off, I found my days becoming slower and far more peaceful than they’d ever been before. Though I continued working full-time through lockdown (#grateful), I realized how much more quiet my days had gotten. No more social engagements to plan for, no more events to attend, no more deadlines to worry about. The pressure was off and I started loving every minute of it.
My days are much more peaceful now without having to worry about all the noise and obligations that came before lockdown and I find myself getting so much more work done! Both my professional life and my personal life have greatly benefited from the strictures of lockdown which, in all honestly, was totally unexpected.
A new work-from-home policy
Once lockdown in my area started lifting in June, the company I work for revised its Work-From-Home policy and made it much more flexible for those of us who are able to perform our roles efficiently and effectively from a remote location. Eligible team members are now able to work from home 2-3 days a week. Not only does this save us from having to commute to the office 5 days a week, it also combats air pollution by removing vehicles from the road and relieving stress on public transit.
Trust me, I never thought I’d come to like working remotely as much as I currently do. Prior to lockdown, I was a total office person and excelled at collaborating with my fellow team members in person and talking to them face-to-face. But, over time, I learned to appreciate working from home too and the solitude, flexibility and peacefulness it brought along with it. I now work from the office for three days a week and work remotely for two.
Fewer social obligations and events
I mentioned this before, but lockdown totally cancelled any and all social events and obligations and, truthfully, I’m not sorry about that. I’m an introvert at heart and the thought of a full social calendar fills me with dread and makes me want to puke. Suddenly, as the pandemic hit us, every single one of the social events I had on my calendar were struck off one-by-one and I couldn’t help but smile.
I relished being able to spend my weekends exactly as I wanted (albeit with no trips to the bookstore or library, sob!) and I loved the look of my empty Google calendar. At the time of writing this, Toronto is on the verge of a Stage 3 re-opening and my calendar has slowly started to fill up again. That feeling of dread has already started creeping back in again and I’m not liking it, but I can’t deny how wonderful it’s going to be to see my loved ones again and actually be able to hug and kiss them!
What are some of the positive changes that you’ve noticed come out of lockdown? What’s been your silver lining of this whole pandemic?