December 8, 2022

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OPINION: Dwelling deliberately after lockdown

Throughout lockdown, happening walks grew to become a extra frequent exercise. (Maddy Daniels | Collegian Media Group)

As we seemingly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, my head has been crammed with ideas buzzing round about how society has modified and can proceed to alter. Whereas it was underneath dire circumstances, life in lockdown may need shone a light-weight on a constructive way of life.

I wish to preface this with the truth that the negatives of the pandemic have been nothing however really detrimental: from family members affected by the virus, misplaced jobs and total uncertainty resulting in declines in psychological well being.

We’re glad to be again to “regular” within the sense that the unfold of the virus has slowed down, and faculties, shops, eating places and occasions are largely in operation, however the urge to consistently be transferring and going may not be one thing we wish again. Working from 8 a.m. to five p.m., 5 days per week at an workplace desk, solely exploring the world for 2 weeks out of the 12 months with trip time, due to this fact resulting in having no creativity, is what people — notably within the U.S. — have been conditioned into considering is the one approach to stay this factor referred to as life.

However what about how we have been residing once we couldn’t do these issues?

We have been doing yoga, baking banana bread, spending intentional time with household, FaceTiming pals and going exterior – why did any of that must cease after lockdown was over? We skilled a brand new approach to operate, of caring for ourselves, that we appear to have forgotten as quickly because the stay-at-home orders have been lifted.

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After all, getting again to socializing in particular person and never being cooped up in a single place is so necessary for psychological well-being and one thing I’m so glad to have again, however did we have to go away behind these great issues we found in that hidden pocket of time?

I really feel as if I’ve whiplash: from rising up with the identical expectations of college, work and doing the issues I take pleasure in, to the slowing of life throughout the pandemic, to being anticipated to go full pressure once more. I can’t catch my breath. The uncertainty of what the longer term holds weighs on me, and the urge to do life in a very untraditional manner beckons.

I want our society prioritized residing life slowly and having extra time to do issues we take pleasure in. Working from residence has caught round post-pandemic and appears to be a rising implementation for workplaces. Whereas not for everybody, the pliability to work the place individuals are comfy and even journey whereas working, select hours that work for people, enable folks extra time to truly exit into the world and for the little issues that must be loved — that sounds just like the begin to an answer to me.

Maddy Daniels is the Collegian’s assistant arts and tradition editor and a junior in mass communications and graphic design. The views and opinions expressed on this column are these of the writer and don’t essentially replicate the official coverage or place of the Collegian. Please ship feedback to [email protected]

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