The unexpected benefits of lockout life

Life in Lockdown has helped some people improve their careers and personal lives. (Photo: Getty Images stock)

There can be only a few silver lining during the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis has caused countless lives in turmoil – but some people are getting away by focusing on the unexpected positive changes that they have seen since entering lockdown mode.

Aisha Moore, a health educator and self-care expert, tells Yahoo Life that the presence of her nine-year-old husband in the couple can help them solve communication problems around the clock, take care of their relationships, and spend more time together at home. Hypnotherapist Penny Ling sleeps better at night and feels more productive since she replaced her way to the office with virtual therapy sessions. And Michael James Nuells, who works in the entertainment industry, says that the lockout helped him connect to an “extremely toxic” ex with whom he broke up shortly before executing home stay orders in Los Angeles County had to finally solve. Because of the separate quarantine, he was able to break contact, heal through activities such as yoga and journaling, and concentrate on “returning to self-love and self-worth”.

Remote working and the avoidance of commuting, traffic and various micro-attacks in the workplace were an advantage for some people in self-isolation. (Photo: Getty Images stock photo)
Remote working and the avoidance of commuting, traffic and various micro-attacks in the workplace were an advantage for some people in self-isolation. (Photo: Getty Images stock photo)

Heather, a Rhode Island-based therapist who prefers not to reveal her real name, also uses her time in self-isolation to continue from a breakup. In her case, it is her upcoming divorce after a year and a half of separation. The block in which she shares custody of her two children coincided with her transition to the “happily divorced” phase of life. When her children are with her ex, she pursues new passions, including gardening with a friend at a safe distance, listening to powerful, woman-oriented podcasts, and cooking. (“Now I understand why people like to cook for the first time in my life,” she laughs.)

“I appreciate a simple life,” she says to Yahoo Life. “I appreciate not being in the car and picking up / returning and walking around with my head off. Actually, I’m generally not a homebody, but I enjoy being in my home and not having the pressure to get here, there and go everywhere. “

The distance work by offering online therapy sessions – something she wants to continue after the pandemic – has provided a nice escape from her typical rushed routine, but it also shows how well she does it compared to others.

“I am very aware of my privilege,” she says, adding, “I feel a little guilty when I speak to people who are badly off. We are in a pandemic that is terrible and terrible and I want to that it ends. But here we are and it doesn’t end so quickly. “

Ruth Bienstock, the owner of the Outlette jewelry boutique in New York City’s Upper West Side, also admits juggling conflicting feelings about how the quarantine affected her life. Running a small, not essential business during a pandemic was challenging, and like everyone else, she’s afraid of the dark headlines. But having less work and more time with her two children – who were forced to come home from college and now quarantine with Bienstock and her ex-husband, who also moved into her house – was a blessing.

“I know what’s going on,” she says. “I know the tragedy. It’s not that I’m completely removed from the reality of this. But I also know that two realities can happen at the same time. I feel everyone’s pain. I miss certain things about life in the past. “

Many parents say that they enjoy spending more time with their children. (Photo: Getty Creative stock)
Many parents say that they enjoy spending more time with their children. (Photo: Getty Creative stock)

But working to the point of exhaustion and missing the time for the whole family is not one of them.

“Working in retail for six years means that we work practically every weekend,” says Bienstock, who runs her shop with her ex. “So it was years since I had to leave the kids on a Saturday morning, have to leave the kids on a Sunday morning and just watched how people were with their kids for a weekend and didn’t have that … all these weekends we will get them back with our children. “

In quarantine, the former couple founded a “happy family unit in a” new normal “strange way.” Bienstock records everything and picks up new hobbies, from painting to online scrabble to the culinary goddess.

“I would get home from work exhausted at 8:00 a.m. and all you would hear was a symphony of beeps from the microwave,” she tells Yahoo Life. “Now I’m cooking, which is incredible … I’m like Harriet now Ozzy & Harriet. I just want to care and feed. “

Family meals are not the only “blissful aspect” that she has experienced. Despite running a fashion store, Bienstock has started a new life in which he doesn’t have to worry about appearances (“I don’t think I could ever wear a zipper again”, she quips) and has also given priority to her spirituality.

“I started meditating,” she says incredulously. “I’m damned Eat, pray, love the reincarnation. “

Dr. Jen Hartstein, a psychologist and Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor, said it was natural that the “forced downtime” of the quarantine would cause people to take a break and think about the positive changes – more family time, a more rewarding career, a better one Relationship – you can do long term.

“Quarantine has a number of challenges for many of us, and it offers us some advantages,” she told Yahoo Life. “Most of us don’t expect as much time with the family, with ourselves, just calmly, in their lives like now. This opportunity gives us space to think about what we want to do differently with our time now and in the future.

“Forced downtime, which many of us have because we’re not commuting or walking around like us, enables better connectivity and creativity. It enables us to think about our lives and find out what works and what doesn’t. Although there is a lot to create fear and worry out there, take your time and see what positive changes you want to make in your life and start making them. If you practice these changes, you can bring them into your entire life. “

Finding silver stripes may feel selfish at times, but focusing on the positive aspects of this experience can help people cope in a difficult time.

“There is no need to feel guilty about making changes,” says Dr. Hartstein. “You can be exactly what you need and want.”

Bienstock says that she is trying to count her blessings and relax to enjoy certain aspects of her life in lockdown.

“I feel absolutely guilty because I know what’s going on out there,” she says. “I feel guilty and then I sort of work through it and I realize that I can have double feelings. I can enjoy it and then feel the other feelings. “

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