In a very short time, COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live and interact with the world around us. But not every change has been entirely for the worse, and some things might even be a little better, now, than they were before.
Because optimism matters in times like this, here are ten silver linings of the social changes brought about by the coronavirus. Hopefully they help, but if you need support, please visit CU Denver’s coronavirus website for resources and information.
1. We have more time with family and housemates, and we’re more focused on the things—people, rather—that matter most.
2. There’s more time spent with pets, too. For many nervous animals, separation anxiety probably hasn’t been such a problem lately.
3. Staying home presents the opportunity to try new recipes, or this thing called “cooking,” for those of us who are still pretty reliant on cereal and takeout.
4. With less driving, the air’s getting cleaner. When you step outside, you might even notice the difference.
5. Streets are less noisy, too, which is a welcome relief for light sleepers. As Harper Lee wrote, “There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go,” and even a city as busy as Denver is beginning to feel a bit more townlike.
6. With all this time spent indoors, our homes are getting cleaner, too. Chores don’t seem to pile up as quickly when you can start a load of laundry on your lunchbreak.
7. That show or movie you haven’t seen yet? There’s never been a better time to catch up on your watchlist. Feel free to turn off the news for a bit and enjoy, or turn off the TV entirely and indulge in a good book.
8. Older or extended relatives are finally learning how to place video calls, and you’ve probably never been so glad to talk to them, either. It’s nice to know they care enough to check on you. Make sure to check on them, too.
9. With kids home from school, parents have a chance to get crafty. Most work schedules don’t carve out much time for arts and crafts, but when the dining table doubles as both a makeshift classroom and a conference table, everyone gets to join in the glittery fun.
10. Last, we’re all discovering new ways to work together and new tools for communicating with one another. We might be working or learning remotely, but times like this reveal just how connected we really are. If we remember that, we’ll have built a stronger community by the time this is over.