The world is firmly in the grip of the crisis triggered by Covid-19. In many countries, there are lockdowns and in Malaysia the MCO (Movement Order Control). How are people to deal with the social isolation that has suddenly been imposed? Is lack of contact with friends and acquaintances only a source of stress? Or can social distancing also make our lives better?
When looked at positively, social distancing should not be viewed as a negative. Social distancing simply means staying away from others, at least six feet apart or reduce contact with others. During the MCO, people are advised to stay home and go out only to grab essentials. The MCO regulations also dictate that only one person could go out at any one time and all establishments are ordered to be temporarily closed down. More stricter rules have applied of late such as RM10k fine from RM1k for anyone caught loitering in public. The Government has ordered the authorities made up of the police and armed forces to enforce the rules, in accordance with the MCO regulations. Let’s hope this will all end by end of April.
Here’s an advice on how to get through this ordeal and deal with social distancing. In times of desperation, it is always the positive thoughts that keep things going for every human being. You should find being alone to be something that enriches your life, a source of inspiration and new opportunities. Secondly, it helps to develop and bring new challenges to your daily life.
For many people, this retreat into solitude is frightening. However, it is a good time to get creative and to reconsider and develop your personal life. And perhaps it can be the first step towards improving your own life.
The MCO is quite unsettling, but there’s hope that it might end soon enough. After all, we were given the order to decelerate from the typical breakneck pace of modern life down to just a crawl from one day to the next. That isn’t easy in our closely linked and fast-moving world.
Some positive advice from professionals include be creative, do things you’ve never done before, stay motivated and live for today. Live in the moment you’re in at the moment, because we have an amazing life ahead of us.
Many parents are currently working from home yet still have to look after their children, as day care centres and schools are closed. This represents a huge source of stress for them. The advice is to deal with the new situation in a manner that is as relaxed as possible.
Lastly, people shouldn’t put so much pressure on themselves. It’s even possible that the new situation could be accepted as a challenge that represents positive change. Challenges in themselves are not necessarily bad. On the contrary, they can make us strong and inspire us to embrace new and creative solutions.
There will definitely be a society change in response to the covid-19 aftermath, in short- and long-term.
Once this passes, we will all go back to our usual lives but do retain the positives that can be drawn from this experience and continue applying them in our ongoing lives. The positives include slowing down the pace of our daily lives, taking time for ourselves and our families, feeling inspired and being creative, revaluating what we need and don’t need, encouraging people to reduce overconsumption, and establishing solidarity between local but also global communities.