All around the world, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused extraordinary disruption. Lives have been lost. Healthcare providers have been stretched to breaking point. And each of us has had to adapt both personally and professionally in order to survive. Many of us have lost our jobs. Even the lucky ones have faced the steep learning curve that comes with remaining productive while working from home. Still, for all its horrors and challenges, the viral outbreak has caused us to take stock of what really matters and appreciate what we’ve taken for granted all the more.
That said… there are some things that we’re all really starting to miss.
Here are 3 things that the outbreak has made us appreciate all the more and 2 that we’re really starting to miss.
Appreciate more: Our homes
Now that we’re all spending more time in our homes, we appreciate every little nuance of design and space management all the more. Our emphasis on minimalism has allowed us to create living spaces free of clutter where we can work and relax without distraction. Now we are able to appreciate, more than ever, the importance of giving our homes a little extra TLC.
Miss: The gym
There are lots of ways in which you can get a great full body workout at home. But many fitness enthusiasts will still ache form a fully equipped gym like Fitness19. We can all tend to give ourselves a bit of a free pass when we’re working out at home. The gym gives us that extra sense of accountability and encourages us to push ourselves that little bit harder to achieve our goals.
Appreciate more: Our friends
Right now, most of us are really regretting all those times we cancelled plans with friends because we were tired from a tough day at work. Self-isolation has reminded us just how precious our friends are. It’s absolutely imperative that we remain in touch over the phone, through messaging and via video chat. But one thing’s for sure… we’ll all be making an extra special effort to be more sociable in the near-future.
Miss: Dining and drinking outside
Speaking of social engagements… is anyone else really starting to miss dining and drinking outside? From sitting down for a three-course meal at our favorite restaurants to sipping a relaxed latte in a chilled out coffee shop, we’ve all been taking the dining and drinking experience for granted. It’s great that we’re still able to get food from our favorite local places via the likes of Postmates and Grub Hub. But, let’s face it, it just ain’t the same at home!
Appreciate more: Our bodies
Many of us have family and loved ones who have been affected by the coronavirus. Some readers may even have lost someone they love to this terrible disease. In a time where we’re all focused on health, it’s time to admit that we could have been kinder to our bodies. Now’s the time to start taking better care of ourselves.
From getting more sleep to making time to floss, there’s always something that we can do to show more respect for our bodies.