How to Reap Benefits From The Corona Pandemic

There’s a silver lining in everything.

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First, Be Grateful

But before we discuss the perks of this pandemic, take a moment and make a list of what you have for which you can be grateful. It’s more than you realize. Water? Check. Shelter? Check. Food? Triple check.

It’s All Relative

If you live in a developed western nation like the US, you’ve been living a life of relative luxury. Don’t get me wrong, no one gets through this life unscathed, and you’ve no doubt experienced some adversity. But, compared to individuals in other nations, and of different times, you’ve had it good. In other words, you’re spoiled. We all are. And now is an excellent time to acknowledge it so you can put our current plight in perspective.

Back to the Benefits

So, I promised you benefits, and I shall deliver on said promise. If you flip your mental switch and focus on the possible benefits of your new lifestyle, you’ll find they’re numerous. They may differ from person to person, but here are a few to get you started:

  1. You’ve got extra time: If you’re working from home, you now have the time you used to spend commuting to work. How much time is it? 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours or more? Do something with it. Exercise, meditate, play with your kids, or your dog, or your partner. Have a leisurely breakfast at the table. Do something that you used to say you would do if it “weren’t for my damn commute.”
  2. You’ve got lots of extra time: If you’re not working, you’ve got a plethora of time. Yes, it can be stressful to be unemployed and have all that extra time on your hands. But, think about how many days you’ve wished you could stay home from work. You now have the time to begin or continue your path to enlightenment, start doing yoga regularly, cook all your meals, organize your house, exercise, finish projects, or start that blog or YouTube channel. Spend time with people you care about, get reacquainted with your creativity, lay on your back in the grass, and make shapes out of the cloud formations. Do something to reconnect with life’s simpler pleasures and use this time for self-improvement.
  3. It’s less crowded: If you live in a major metropolis, there are far fewer people out and about. It’s like going back in time to the ’70s, and it’s a relief to have some space, so enjoy it. It’s not going to last forever.
  4. You’re going to save money: Since many restaurants are closed, you’ll be eating at home more often. You won’t buy tickets to events, get a massage, have drinks with friends, etc. You’ll save money on all these items and on the gas to get there.
  5. You can lose those extra pounds: If you’ve been saying you’d get in shape if only you “had the time,” that excuse is now mute. But I’m not talking about dieting. Diets don’t work. Use this extra time to educate yourself on the lifestyle adjustments required to finally lose weight for good.
  6. Learn to cook: Since the grocery store shelves are shockingly bare and the majority of restaurants are closed, it’s a fantastic time to learn to cook. There are YouTube videos aplenty that offer basic and advanced cooking classes for free. Or, if you already know your way around the kitchen, time to up your game. Cooking your meals has a plethora of health benefits and is a vital lifestyle adjustment for number six.

Health and Wellness Author, Psychedelics Guru, Anti-aging Specialist

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