5 Positives To Pandemic Life
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

5 Positives To Pandemic Life

Finding the upsides right now can be hard. Though, if you look hard enough, there are some.

12
5 Positives To Pandemic Life

During such unprecedented times, many daily occurrences seem to have a lot fewer positives and a lot more negatives. From not being able to eat at your favorite restaurants to your favorite events such as professional sports and concerts being either postponed or canceled, it seems that a lot of things just straight up suck right now. I mean, you can't even consistently find toilet paper in grocery stores. If that isn't saying something, then I don't know what is.

Though things can seem so gloomy, there are still some upsides that may be able to give you some hope of getting through this without being completely miserable the whole time. Here are five positives to pandemic life.

1. Saving gas money

Unsplash

For many people during times like these, working from home and staying in as much as possible is the safest bet. This often means that the only place you need to drive is to the local grocery store. Gas prices plummeted and have stayed cheap across the country as people drive less and less, which is music to the ears of everyone who drives.

2. Significant drop in air pollution

Giphy

According to multiple sources including National Geographic, there has been a large decrease in air pollution during this pandemic. So, if you want to get outside and enjoy the air (while being safe and following social distancing guidelines, of course), it will be fresher than normal.

3. If you have pets, being able to see them more

Unsplash

If you have a pet, then this is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with them! Play fetch with your dog, bring out the laser pointer with your cat, give your lizard some more crickets, etc. Another plus on the pet side of things is the number of animals that were adopted over the course of quarantine. According to NBC, shelters that normally see a lot of traffic with incoming animals have had mostly empty cages during the pandemic.

4. Personal projects

Unsplash

I know I caught up with a couple of things that I had been meaning to work on during the past several months. Arts, crafts, yard work, home improvement and the like were all on to do lists for Americans.

5. More time to clean

Giphy

Being stuck at home gives people the perfect opportunity to clean out their closets. Old coats, socks, shoes, sweatshirts, etc. are perfect to donate with colder weather coming up. According to the Bellingham Herald and other reputable sites, there has been a large increase in material donations to Goodwill and Salvation Army; though Salvation Army has started their holiday "Red Kettle" campaign early due to the incessant need for donations during such an odd time.

These are just some positives- I'm sure if you keep living through pandemic life that you, and many other people in lockdown around the world, will find more upsides during such an odd time in our history.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

213084

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1658211

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

1040019
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

941273
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

615691
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

397365
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

507562

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments