As governments begin to ease quarantine lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it is now possible to reflect on how people behaved under lockdown – both the positives and the negatives.
1. Looking out for number one
Remember all that panic buying as people flooded out of supermarkets with trolleys loaded with pasta and toilet rolls? Temporary shortages were the outcome, and in the heat of the moment, few spared a thought for all those shoppers who were confronted with empty shelves.
2. Bringing out the best in people
When fears of shortages of supplies proved to be unfounded, many people showed their community-spirited nature. Some volunteered at charities or community schemes, or just made time to phone elderly or vulnerable friends, neighbors and family members, checking if they needed food or medical supplies. Altruism comes to the fore in times of hardship.
One of the people I am #volunteering for has just dropped over some incredible home grown veg. I hope that the communities that have developed or strengthened during this #COVID19 crisis remain strong so that there is something positive that remains among the loss pic.twitter.com/2DKneZqUgt— Charlotte Marshall (@sea__marshall) April 27, 2020
3. Realizing which workers are really essential
People are demonstrating greater appreciation of essential workers who have previously been taken for granted: not just doctors and nurses but unsung heroes such as supermarket assistants, couriers making deliveries and the refuse collectors making disposals. And don’t forget domestic helpers: with cleaning staff often furloughed, professionals and business executives are breaking off from their computer work to wipe down kitchens and bathrooms. Both men and women are having to pull their weight around the house, and some are realising that cooking, gardening, DIY and house chores can be rewarding.
4. Getting to know each other (for better or worse)
With couples often apart during the day doing their respective jobs, and children away at school, family units can tick along, often with the minimum of daily interactions. With families in lockdown under one roof, they have been forced to adapt to each other’s quirks. While a sad consequence of the pandemic has been a rise in domestic abuse, other families have grown to appreciate each other more. Sure, generational divides have been accentuated, with some young people — unfazed by catching the virus — wanting to meet friends in the park, and more responsible older folk social distancing with masks and latex gloves. But parents and kids have also enjoyed more bonding moments over meals, movies and home-schooling. Those living alone have had similar revelations about themselves: while some have inevitably felt lonely at times, they’ve valued phone calls and Zoom streams with friends or distant partners. There’s a feeling that we’re all in it together.
If as a parent you are feeling stressed #homeschooling your child, stop and take a step back. If you feel stressed, the child will too. Nurture has never been more important. Lots of skills learnt even putting frozen food in an oven - reading, time, numbers. FUN and PLAY 1/2— Gerry McMurtrie (@gerrymcmurtrie) April 21, 2020
5. Enjoying simple pleasures
People grounded at home have had to learn how to pass time and entertain themselves at home. They may be chomping at the bit to resume normal life — social gatherings, restaurant meals, gym workouts and holiday flights — but they’ve become grateful for more simple pleasures, too. Many people have taken time out to focus on mental wellness and a healthy diet. Technology merits a shout-out here: without digital communications, people wouldn’t have been able to work remotely, stay connected with loved ones or alleviate boredom by binge-watching the latest Netflix series.
So 3 things I’m doing for my #mentalhealth during lockdown:— Gemma Wallace (@Gemma_Wallace18) April 26, 2020
-Taking the well needed time to rest and “reboot” & not feeling guilty about being “unproductive”
-Appreciating the sun - from the garden / inside
-The support & care from friends & family ❤️