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How COVID-19 unlocked floodgate of opportunities

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COVID-19- tragedies led to opportunities

The coronavirus pandemic has several negative aspects. People got sick and died across the world; schools closed, the healthcare system got overburdened, employees lost their jobs, businesses failed, stock markets crashed, and countries were forced to spend billions on bailouts and medical help. COVID-19 was a huge stressor for everyone, whether directly or indirectly, upsetting our psyche and prompting our anxieties and uncertainties.

However, the tragedy also opened floodgates of opportunities. Here are a few examples:

Availability of time

In today’s overheated economy, time is the most valuable and limited resource. Because we used to have our weeks packed with social meetings and amusement, such as attending birthday parties, cinema, restaurant, bar, sports club, gym, music, festivals, concerts, and more, COVID-19 demonstrates why time is precious. Suddenly, everything is cancelled or prohibited, providing us with a large amount of extra time. Even so, life continues.

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We can immediately occupy the extra free time with other tasks. However, to take advantage of this initial opportunity, you must reorganise your life and set aside time for nothingness.

Untapped opportunities

The disruption of our daily lives caused by the coronavirus provides an opportunity to think and reconsider what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Things we used to take for granted, such as going to the gym, are now no longer possible. Furthermore, many people have been forced to adjust their working habits to work from home. As a result, many of our daily habits have been disrupted.

It is an excellent time to reconsider and adjust our habits and routines. Now that you cannot go to the restaurant twice a week, commute for two hours every day, hang out with your friends, or go to a party every weekend, you can consider whether you want to do so after the crisis is over.

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Innovation and speed

Slow procedures, complex bureaucracy, and strict hierarchies plague many firms, making the workplace less enjoyable. Many have been compelled to break through these rigid processes and act quickly because of the coronavirus. Procedures can be skipped or accelerated, rules can be deviated from, and choices can be taken more independently without formal approval. Employees are suddenly allowed to work from home without being supervised.

COVID-19 demonstrates that things can alter when given a powerful enough stimulus. As a result, surprising breakthroughs emerge. Restaurants, for example, are switching to delivery mode since they are unable to open their doors. And suddenly, schools are doing a lot of their teaching and even part of their assessment online. It opens the possibility of developing technologies now that can be sustained when the crisis has passed.

Reconnect and lend a hand

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Difficult circumstances provide an excellent opportunity for social bonding and supporting others. Of course, not seeing friends or relatives heightened feelings of isolation and loneliness in some people, but the sense of “we’re all in this together” sparked new connections.

It enables possibilities to reconnect and develop more social cohesion in the individualized societies that many of us live in. Not just during the crisis but also later. While the COVID-19 pandemic also drove self-serving egocentric conduct, it also allowed us to bond and display our social side.

Clean environment

The virus resulted in a complete shutdown or a significant reduction in industrial activity. Factories have shuttered or are operating at a fraction of their capacity, road traffic has plummeted, air travel has reduced, and a lack of tourism has emptied the streets of overcrowded cities. As a result, COVID-19 has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other damaging outputs in the air, water, and land.

The fact is that shutting down and locking down significant portions of our economy is beneficial to the environment—at least in the near run. The current crisis offers us an opportunity to rethink our lives and restructure them in a way that has a lower environmental impact.

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Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh
Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh
Currently head of Department of Holistic Medicine & Wellness at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh is a mental wellness expert with expertise in relationship, lifestyle & stress management. The founder and director of The Mind and Wellness Studio Dr. Rachna Khanna has worked with leading hospitals like Fortis Escorts, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital. Her specialties include stress management, lifestyle management for heart diseases, supportive care for chronically ill patients, work-life balance, parent-child bonding, cancer support care, ante/postnatal care, relationship counselling, pre-marital & marital counselling, adolescent counselling, psychiatric & psychological illnesses like depression, anxiety, insomnia.


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