The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down in 2021. During this year, most of the world was in lockdown to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus. While being stuck indoors and unable to work a normal job had a negative impact on many of us, there were also some positive gains.
Finding a silver lining in the face of extreme adversity can work wonders for your well-being. Below, we will discuss some of the positive impacts of the pandemic.
Reduced Vaccine Hesitancy
At the beginning of the pandemic, there were daily updates on the rollout of a vaccine. Many people around the world were anxiously awaiting these vaccines because they knew that they were the first step towards getting their daily lives back on track. However, many people were hesitant to use the vaccines because of the misconception that the development process was rushed. In reality, the technology used to make the vaccine has been around for decades.
The lockdowns were probably one of the worst parts of the pandemic, especially in countries like Australia. A recent news article claims that the recent lockdowns have reduced vaccine hesitancy. This is due in part to the fact that more information has been released about the vaccines and their efficacy against new variants. This has led to a sharp increase in the number of people who have received the vaccine.
More Family Time
Before the worldwide impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the average family spent very little time together. During the quarantine phase of the pandemic, more and more families started to reconnect. This led to millions of families spending more time together than they had in years. A recent study found that over 94% of families polled claimed that they hoped to maintain the close relationships they had formed during the pandemic.
To ensure that your family stays close even after the lockdowns end, prioritize family activities such as eating dinner together and taking vacations. Life is short, so make the most out of every day.
During this unprecedented time, many people are realizing that making money or advancing their careers were not as important as they once thought. If you have come to that realization, you need to prioritize forging better relationships with the people you love.
The Long-Lasting Benefits of Remote Work
The past year saw millions of companies around the world being forced to embrace a remote work model. As employees weren’t able to go to the office to work, many businesses allowed them to work from home. In the beginning, remote work was viewed as a temporary solution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, many businesses have realized just how beneficial remote work is for their team and their bottom line.
Employees who are allowed to work from home are generally happier and more loyal to their employers. Eliminating distractions and efficient time management are major factors to success as a remote employee. To achieve these, work in a designated room in your home that doesn’t have televisions and other electronic devices.
We cannot bring back the loved ones we lost or undo all the social and economic disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. But as this global event continues to unfold, we have yet to see more positive gains that can help us improve our overall health, focus on the things that matter, and change the way we work.