Seeking positives in a time of crisis

There are silver linings everywhere, even if we can’t see them. 

Looking for positives during the coronavirus pandemic may be difficult, but practising gratitude in times like these is one of several effective ways to increase happiness and benefit mental wellbeing. 

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to appreciate the simple things in life, no matter how big or small they may be. 

Many of us are experiencing a much slower pace of life, and with that comes opportunities for us to disconnect from some of the pressures and distractions of ‘normal’ life and discover the small pleasures that we may usually take for granted or not even notice. 

With that in mind, we decided to ask our co-workers what silver linings they have found during the lockdown. Whether it’s not taking the tube everyday, having more time to exercise or taking up a new hobby, it seems that many people have enjoyed some positive changes in their daily routines. 

Here are just a few of some of the heartwarming messages we received:

 

“My biggest pleasure during lockdown has been more time to read. I’ve read a book a week since lockdown which I don’t usually manage unless I’m on holiday, and that’s because I’m not filling my evenings and weekends trying to do things! I’ve also managed to read the Sunday papers almost every week, which has been heaven. When this is over, I am going to try and find a better balance between my social life and doing things out of the house, and finding time just to stop and read.”

 

” I am getting to explore more of the lovely countryside, parks etc around the area, through extra time, roads being quieter meaning I can get to places that would normally be frustrating to drive to. I am discovering some unique gems and getting to see a side of the countryside and towns in the area.”

 

“I haven’t had this much headspace in years. With everything in my diary cancelled, I feel this is the first time in years I’ve properly rested. I’ve been bowled over by what a strong team we have – even when forced to dissipate under hard conditions, MOF have proved to be the most creative, strong willed, community spirited bunch of people I’ve ever spent my time with.”

 

“For me the main positive that’s come from all of this is that it’s forced me to take a step back and slow down. It’s made me realise that I’ve been moving at 100% speed for the last few years without stopping to appreciate how much I’ve achieved. It’s also given me time to analyse what has been causing me stress and anxiety, and make some decisions on what I can do to alleviate these when we eventually do go back to ‘normal’. What’s happening in the world is awful, but it’s given me the opportunity to recuperate a little from how crazy London life (and agency life) can be.”

 

“During lockdown, I have really appreciated the opportunity to be much calmer and doing things purely to enjoy yourself (without the pressure of a heavy schedule or always thinking about what’s next)”

 

“I’ve really enjoyed not having to get on a packed tube, to be honest! It’s been great to have been able to stay in bed that little bit extra time as I am not having to spend an hour to get into the office. I am thoroughly enjoying being able to work out on a daily basis without having to say “I can’t be bothered” or “I’m too tired from a long day in the office”. Also I love having my little desk all set up giving me a nice working environment. One of my favourite things right now is that I am able to spend a lot more time with my fiancé cooking up some delicious meals and creating new dishes.”