The COVID-19 pandemic came upon us quickly. Our lives have been turned upside down, and we have been required to change our routines and behaviors in a very short period of time. It’s difficult to build new habits at the best of times, and even more difficult when the choice to do so is not available. Is it any wonder, then, that many of us find ourselves at loose ends, trying to stay positive while our sense of normality is so diminished?
There is value in these quiet times. Where the hurry and chaos of our normal obligations lived, there is a space that we can fill.
For those with children, this is a time to nurture those relationships. It may be challenging at first for parents to balance the responsibility of home education with anxiety about what the future holds. Their children are having to adapt to life without play dates, sports, and travel. And family interactions are changing shape, as families spend their days cloistered together, learning new ways to engage and relate. Our rough edges are grinding against one another, and we, too, will emerge changed.
We can choose to use our newfound hours wisely. In this serious time, we can develop resiliency.
There is time to reflect, to meditate, and to nurture relationships with family and friends, whether in the home or at a distance. There is room to take on a new hobby or learn a new skill. There are even opportunities to give back to others without leaving the house, by sewing protective masks for hospitals, volunteering for online crisis networks, or giving to charity.
For many of us, isolation is proving to be emotionally taxing. Our days are no longer filled with conversation and movement. But in this place of unexpected silence, there is room to grow.