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4 Things To Be Thankful When You’re Stuck At Home

… and these are just the beginning.

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Some called it the new normal. Humankind has, as of today, slowly accepting the latest scene in the world. Most of the people are working from home. People around the world are practising physical distancing and washing hands for 20 seconds with soap becomes second nature.

Perhaps, the most challenging part of the new normal is to stay at home, where movements are restricted (depending on the local ruling). People are only allowed to go out if necessary, following such decision or order imposed by their local government. Apart from being law-abiding citizens, people all over the world observe this rule because they want this pandemic to end. They yearn the old normal.

At this circumstance, we might be feeling sluggish, dull, and the like as a result of staying at home. We desire to go out to meet friends over a cup of coffee, to run in the nearby park, and the list goes on. Longing for a clean, fresh air outside our house, feeling ‘stuck’ is inevitable. When this happens, we tend to complain. Our mind may draw us into being in a negative state by questioning why this is happening and why do we need to be stuck at home all day. Such a mindset is not helpful, especially when we are dealing with the situation, as mentioned earlier.

In general, the easiest way to shift our mindset is to be thankful. It’s a good practice to look for things to be grateful in every situation, no matter how bad it is. By doing this, we move towards a grateful mindset which may eventually lead to a more satisfying life.

Without a doubt, we have so many reasons to be thankful for staying at home. To write every single one of them here would be endless. However, let’s be grateful for some things that are still going ‘right’ during this challenging time.

A home

There was one quote I found online:

“Before you complain about being stuck at home, imagine not having a home to be stuck in. It could always be worse.”

The above is powerful. If we have not been grateful for our home, this is the time. How small our house is, it’s our home — the place to shelter us from the sun, the rain and the storm.

Electricity and fresh, clean water

Imagine staying at home during COVID-19’s lockdown without the above. That is inconceivable. Life will be so much harder if that happens. Imagine how painful it is to live without both utilities.

Communications technology

While WHO suggested physical distancing, social connection is vital in the time of COVID-19’s lockdown. Thanks to technology in this century, we can connect without the need to be in the same physical location. With our smartphone and hi-speed broadband, we can communicate with our family and friends amidst the said lockdown.

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If we were to stop for a minute and imagine the above are taken or, we have no access to them, during this time, how do we feel?

Arguably, that is where the real challenge begins. Being asked to stay at home is nothing compared to having no home to live, no access to electricity and fresh, clean water, and not to forget the communications technology that is available to us today.

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To recapitulate, in life, there is always, always something to be grateful. Let’s pray and thank God / Higher Power / Universe for blessings bestowed upon us even if we may feel so bad during this pandemic period. We still have it all.

Alhamdulillah, Thank you for all blessings in life.

Stay safe, take care and #stayathome. God Bless.

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Izwan Ishak

Izwan Ishak

| I write from the soul. Thriving towards personal development & positivity | #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthawareness 📧 izwan1409@gmail.com