Why This Period of Self Isolation is Good for Us

This spring, all of us have experienced something unusual for the first time — we were all obliged to stay home and reduce our external contact with the world. We all had to learn to spend time with ourselves and/or with those who we live with. A challenging task, I agree, but let’s look at the bright sides!

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Firstly, let’s talk about food. How many of you have recently become great chefs? I bet there are quite a few of you. Some of us have discovered the wonderful world of great and tasty food, but there are also those who started to eat healthy and actually lost some weight. Isn’t it great that you now have time to try out all the interesting recipes from your favourite food bloggers?

Speaking about weight loss — because of quarantine we have all lost the excuse called "I have no time to exercise". Now there is no need to spend 2 hours from home to university or work and back so you can spare 30 minutes of it to have a long walk or bike ride, or even to work out at home. It became much easier to train at home and even for free as there are tons of videos and apps for sports available now.

One of the main advantages — thanks to all the extra free time — is that you also get an opportunity to improve relationships with family and friends. Yes, you can no longer invite your best friend to have a coffee at Starbucks, but you two can actually sit and have a proper chat once in a while. And if you’re back in your hometown, isn’t it the best chance to compensate for the time you were apart from each other? You can get to know your siblings better, you can spend some time with your parents and know something about their life. This in some ways terrifying time of our lives, we can turn into something magical and bond with the ones we love.

Lastly, you can finally master those must-have skills — time management and self-discipline. Most of us are working in an unknown environment — at home. We were used to home being a place where we rest, relax, and spend time with loved ones, but now it is also a working place. Being held in uncomfortable circumstances we learn how to deal with them. Always wanted to know how to manage your time properly? Here you are, have some practice. Wanted to know what it is like to be disciplined enough to control your own working process without having your supervisor around? Well, now you have to, so might as well make some fun of it (and useful skills).

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