1. Learn to spend time with myself
Being alone can be surprisingly lonely and exhausting, especially for extroverts who thrive on human companionship. This is why for some, social distancing comes off as being ridiculously difficult. We get that, too. Half of the people in SHALS Team are extroverted! Haha. But to us introverts, “being alone” shouldn’t be thought of as a sad, or negative thing.
2. To be alert with illnesses
… and be extra with overall hygiene. Before the coronavirus, there were every day, ‘good’ people everywhere (you can name a few of them off the top of your head – let’s be honest) who went out or went to work when they were sick. Who would tell you when you met up that they’re at the tail end of a horrible cold but to ‘not worry about it’. The people who would turn up for work with the flu – prioritizing their image of being a ‘productivity hero’ as opposed to giving consideration to the health of their colleagues. Those who would be coughing and spluttering at the shops, spitting out globs of loogies in the street and generally being very gross.
3. The chance to slow down
You know how, during pre-mco days, it seemed like everyone was just in such a rush? Then came the first MCO, and everyone just had to stay home and get going with whatever it is they do, but at home.
4. To always prioritize our mental health **
Staying at home, I realized how much I needed to have a break from other people. I realized that at one point, my mental health was deteriorating because I always had to force myself to be out there and just face people who were negative to me (in some cases, I didn’t have a choice). The society talks about mental health a lot more nowadays, I’m aware of that. The thing is, for me, it took the MCO to make me open my eyes. I found solace in being home, listening to my favourite songs, catching up on my Netflix series, cooking and just… getting rid of things that could affect my mental health. I learned to talk it out, because it’s never good to bottle things up.
Basically finding solace in being a couch potato.
5. Restore connection
Treasuring bonds between families is not an alien thing, esp in Malaysian households cos we’re always prioritizing families first. As long as we stick together, we can do anything. Money is great, but it isn’t everything.
6. Adapt to be more tech savvy
We’re left with no choice but to work/study from the comfort of our own home. Mostly, we’re observed that we’re forced to use video conferencing call for work purposes. Ya know, since we can’t meet face to face.