Making the most of isolation while it lasts

The Coronavirus Pandemic has forced millions of Australians to press pause on the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and to stay at home in a bid to flatten the curve.

We live in a fast-paced world where everyone is working their hardest to earn more, consume more and achieve more in the pursuit of happiness. The pace at which we live can be so fast that we forget to savour the moments and place a priority on the things that really matter to us.

During this current isolation period, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay indoors and spend some quality time with loved ones, whether it be with our kids, partners, pets, or our amazing selves.

As much as we are all craving to have that first meal at a restaurant, to have a night out with friends, to return to the office or the gym, we should make the most of this situation before everything goes back to normal. How often do we get the chance and the time to pursue our lost passions or to embrace our loved ones?

This isolation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but one thing is for sure – it has taught us to be more mindful and introspective. With so many of our daily activities restricted, we have learnt to appreciate what we have and to make the most of it.

As we approach May 2020, it is looking hopeful for Australians, with Scott Morrison stating he would “love to see a return to normal right across the board…and that includes people going to work in offices.”

The effective reproduction number for Australia is below one, estimating a decline in the epidemic, explains a paper published by Doherty Institute. At this rate, the Government is preparing to pick up the economy and get Australians back to work, meaning normal life may soon resume.

So, with talk surrounding the end of complete isolation or at least the end of everyone working from home, it’s time to enjoy and appreciate these moments of simplicity before the rush of your busy life takes over.

We have all been there where you get home from work and you’re just “too tired” to play with the kids or do anything else. Now that the whole family is at home, you can afford to play some board games or bake some bread together or you can reflect on your habits and spend time to work on them.

These wholesome activities are usually pushed to the side when you’re preoccupied with daily life and can’t spare enough time for loved ones and self-care.

It is understandably a frustrating time for everyone, however, you can choose to be grateful for what you do have and make the best out of this situation while it lasts because we may never have these set of unique circumstances ever again.