Searching for the positives during a global pandemic

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a frightening and confusing time. However, even at the height of the pandemic in Australia, plenty of people also discovered there were silver linings to an otherwise challenging time.

Glimmers of light

For a lot of people, slowing down during COVID gave us time to reflect on our lives. It gave us the opportunity to get back to basics and to spend time at home with our families. And while there have been plenty of things we have missed during isolation, there have also been some things we’ve embraced, from the opportunity to re-connect with people in the virtual world, to adapting and building resilience in the face of adversity. In her article on the Macquarie University website, Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal highlights some of the positive outcomes of COVID-19.

Positive aspects

In her article, Professor Haski-Leventhal acknowledges COVID-19 has had “undeniable and horrific consequences” on people’s lives and the economy:

“With sickness, death, and unemployment rates soaring almost everywhere on our planet, it is easy to despair.”

However, the article goes on to explain seven positives from the pandemic, including;

  • The positive impact on the environment, with the reduction of carbon emissions
  • Less worldwide conflict
  • More connectedness, with a rejuvenation of sense of community and social connection
  • Innovation
  • An increased focus on corporate social responsibility
  • Reimagined education, with a greater role for technology
  • An increased sense of gratitude

To read the full article, please see here.

Despite the silver linings, it’s also important they acknowledge that many people are struggling in the wake of COVID-19. If you feel the impact of the pandemic is affecting your mental health, please reach out for help, and call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you need support during this difficult time, please call 13 11 14, available 24/7.

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