It’s easy to feel low with all that’s going on. At best people are unable to go about their daily routines and at its worst it is much, much worse. There is no denying the severity and danger of the crisis we have found ourselves in as a planet, but you don’t need to be told that, it’s all around us- from the news to social media.
Still, it’s in our nature to make the best of things, and if you have a good dig around, you can find a few reasons not to despair:
One of the most incredible things to come out of this crisis is how people have helped each other. In my lifetime I have never seen communities step up in the way they have. People are protecting the vulnerable people, running errands for friends, family and neighbours. They are checking on friends, family and colleagues and making an effort to stop people being lonely or isolated.
Not just that, it goes beyond just a street or area. People across the world have been volunteering themselves to help charities who need help supporting the most vulnerable through this crisis, or even volunteering for their health services directly. We’ve seen online communities come together to help each other from sharing a good laugh to sharing resources to help parents educate children from home.
Celebrities have also got involved, from British celebrity personal trainer, Joe Wicks, making online sports classes for kids and grown-ups alike to those donating their money, food or time to help with crisis relief.
It’s heartening to see the global community come together in a time of crisis to support each other, so we don’t have to be alone, even in isolation. Especially the creativity of people is shining through, both in the way we have adapted and in the humour many have been able to carry.
Protecting our health workers
Another incredible way the global community have come together is in the support for healthcare professionals. Doctors, nurses and all the other essential hospital staff and healthcare professionals have been on the front lines of this crisis, selflessly putting themselves in harms way to help protect all of us when we most need it.
This has brought up an essential conversation across the globe about the way healthcare workers are treated. We are seeing communities get together to clap, cheer and sing their appreciation from their houses, but more importantly, we’re seeing demands for these important workers to receive better personal protective equipment, better pay and better support.
While the fight is not over for the rights of our healthcare workers, if we keep at it then we may very well see a lasting change made for those who protect us at our most vulnerable.
Where in most affected countries the gyms and leisure centres are closed, people have begun exploring nature a little more (at a safe social distance). The daily walk or run allowed in many countries for exercise has allowed people to explore the natural wonders around them and once again fall in love with the natural world. This not only has physical and mental health benefits, it also reminds runners and walkers why these areas are so important, which we can hope might lead to protection of our vital green spaces and natural biodiversity.
We have also seen pollution levels heavily decrease within this crisis. No environmentalist would ever want something like this to happen again or to suggest that this crisis was positive. However, air quality is heavily intertwined with health, and we might hope that productive conversations might be held to address how we can maintain lower pollution levels as society returns to normal. Already demands are being made that if governments are to bail our airlines then a sustainable agreement should be reached.
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I hope that you are happy and healthy. The most encouraging thing that has come from this pandemic is the realisation that someone is there for you. No matter where you are, there is a global community looking out for everyone of us. For that I think we can all feel a little lucky.
By Kahina Bouhassane