Corona Positives – Look for the positives
As much as it's slightly controversial and a lot of people really can't see the positives of our current situation, but learning to see positives and opportunities is a great method for preserving mental wellbeing and general wellbeing.
So I've had a scour around and pulled together some positives for you to consider. Enjoy 🙂
Drop in pollution
Significant drops in levels of air pollution and warming gases in many cities and regions where the pandemic has resulted in reduced travel and industrial production.
Clear waters in Venice, blue skies in Delhi and wild animals boldly wandering through quiet cities – limits on travel have been benefiting the Earth, with carbon emissions expected to be down by a record-breaking eight per cent. If that sounds underwhelming, that’s a loss of two to three billion tonnes of global-warming gas.
Improvements in air quality during coronavirus lockdowns has also resulted in 11,000 fewer deaths across Europe in April alone. The UK had the second-highest estimate of any European nation for avoided deaths, at 1,752.
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science said in May that levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) “in cities around the UK has dropped by varying levels, but between 30% and 45% compared to the average levels of the same period from the past five years”.
So the air is nicer for us and our kids to breath. Nice.
Improved health & wellbeing – A Slower Pace
People are enjoying much more ‘me’ time and getting to do things they never normally have the time to do. High on the lists are spending time with family, exercising, spending ‘me’ time in the house and so much more. Whilst this has been restricted to home during the lockdown, the possibilities of getting some more ‘me’ time should still be embraced when this is over. Whether this is family time, further learning, hobbies or social activities the possibilities for investing in our physical and mental health are endless. There are knock on benefits though - it can lead to increased productivity in our roles, as people are more relaxed and motivated. As a result of less travel, there is less stress associated with morning and evening routines which also improves health & wellbeing.
Among other factors, chaotic commutes are one aspect of working life that causes stress, resulting in poor productivity — a lose-lose situation for employers and employees.
No longer needing to rush out the door every morning, we’re spending more time with our family, taking more care over breakfast and concentrating on exercise. This slowing down has allowed many of us to focus on improving our health and wellbeing.
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Change in how we use technology
We are realising that not all meetings require to be held face to face and we are now starting to use technology to its full potential. Basically, we are working smarter to achieve the same results. Whilst face to face will likely always be a requirement for a number of key meetings, there is an opportunity to consider if this is always necessary. Our time in meetings could be reduced and used more productively elsewhere, adding value for clients and efficiency to project delivery whilst also reducing some of our personal stresses.
Spending less, saving more.
While many people are struggling with job and income loss, staying at home means less money spent on transportation/commuting, entertainment, eating out, and the like.
With pubs, bars and restaurants closed, our evenings and weekends have become quieter and less expensive than they used to be. Previously, Britons visited restaurants three times a month on average, accumulating to about £700 a year.
Meanwhile, commuters are saving an average of £146 a month, doubling to £305 a month for those who travel in to London.
The pets are happy. The dogs are going on more walks, and the cats get more attention (and treats).
Home improvements that kept getting put off now don’t have any excuses not to get done. I’m replacing doors, laying a new garden, putting up shelves and curtain poles and all the other stuff I really couldn’t be bothered to do before because I never felt like I had the time or energy.
What are some of your “positives” resulting from the lockdown?