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November 25, 2020
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Janet Escobar

"The Underrated Perks of Quarantine”

One of the biggest perks of staying home has been the saved time from traveling and commuting. I gained back a good hour every day just from going to work. I have been able to use this time to exercise, meditate, or catch up on work. Even the time going to the gym is gained, as workouts can be done from home, leaving no excuses for getting some healthy sweat. Commuting was always a part of life that no one had any choice in--you had to get to work somehow! But now, we can appreciate the extra time earned from just being at home.

The effects of COVID-19 have impacted everyone across the world, and although this deadly virus is in no way wished for, many have found silver-linings in the nationwide lockdowns. For those in the U.S., quarantine began in mid-March. Aside from the states that have opened up almost fully, most have only made progress with outdoor dining and a few recreational activities. At first, adjusting to these new ways of life and new concepts of “normal” was very difficult; there were a lot of unknowns. Now, over 6 months in, most people have learned to adapt and have found positives in this new way of life.

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The effects of COVID-19 have impacted everyone across the world, and although this deadly virus is in no way wished for, many have found silver-linings in the nationwide lockdowns. For those in the U.S., quarantine began in mid-March. Aside from the states that have opened up almost fully, most have only made progress with outdoor dining and a few recreational activities. At first, adjusting to these new ways of life and new concepts of “normal” was very difficult; there were a lot of unknowns. Now, over 6 months in, most people have learned to adapt and have found positives in this new way of life.

One of the biggest perks of staying home has been the saved time from traveling and commuting. I gained back a good hour every day just from going to work. I have been able to use this time to exercise, meditate, or catch up on work. Even the time going to the gym is gained, as workouts can be done from home, leaving no excuses for getting some healthy sweat. Commuting was always a part of life that no one had any choice in--you had to get to work somehow! But now, we can appreciate the extra time earned from just being at home.

Along with this, we have gained more time back for ourselves. Pre-COVID, there was always some kind of option to socialize. Whether it be making plans with a friend to grab drinks or going to a party on the weekends, there was always something to be doing, and many felt that they had to be spending their free time in social ways. With the socializing options being limited, we have gained time to do what we want to do with ourselves, rather than feeling the pressure to be out with others. I am sure we all miss seeing our friends and going out on the weekends, but since we can’t, making the most of our time with ourselves isn’t as bad as it would seem.

The usual hustle-and-bustle of everyday life could be overwhelming at times; sometimes, you may have felt like there weren't enough hours of the day. One of the best perks of quarantine has been the much-needed reset for all aspects of life. We were all forced to find new routines and make this new-normal work, and through this, we have found ways to better our daily lives. In the first few months of COVID, there was a lot of unknown, and times were scary, so many fell to bad habits. I know personally, I was drinking every single night, something I usually only do on weekends. We had to do what we needed to cope. But as lockdown became more of a long-term thing, many have adapted to their new-lifestyles in ways that are even better than before. We have more time to ourselves, more time at home than work, and more time to spend catching up with those we want to be catching up with, rather than those you are obligated to pre COVID.  

On this note, many have moved in with family members during these trying times. I know more 20-30-year-olds who have been living with their parents than I do ones who have been on their own (and I am one of them!). Although hard at times, and not something I would have ever expected to be doing, I feel blessed to have gained so much time to spend with my family. When I lived on my own, I used to get sad at the thought of seeing my parents only for a short “visit”. Living with them has been an amazing way to truly spend time together--whether they like it or not.

Finally, if you live with your parents or not, quarantine has opened up the possibilities of living in a new place that you may not have originally planned. Travel is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about quarantine, but as states have started to open up, many have been taking much-needed vacations across the country. Ultimately, as long as you take precautions, traveling is a great way to spend time right now. Especially given that many workers can work remotely, this is the chance to try out a new place without committing to moving altogether. There has never really been another opportunity like this in life where you have so much freedom to be somewhere new. And honestly, staying at home doesn't mean it needs to be one home. Picking a place in a new city can be just as safe as long as you are just as cautious.

All in all, Coronavirus is something we want gone ASAP, but unfortunately, it may be around for a little while longer. Knowing that's so, it's in our best interest to make the most out of this situation. As it turns out, there is a lot of good going right now, and we have a lot to be grateful for, and in the end, Regardless of anything else, you are healthy enough to read this post, and that in itself is something to appreciate!

Article written by Annie Sloane and edited by Janet Escobar.

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