What COVID-19 Is Teaching Us About Ourselves

Nathaniel Winans
3 min readApr 11, 2020
Photo credit Road Trip With Raj

If there’s one thing this quarantine is teaching us, it’s that there’s a lot about ourselves that we didn’t know. Our daily lives have been completely altered and we’re either finding a new way to stay in our routines or not.

With a new routine, we’re finding ways to fill the empty void that’s missing in our lives, social interaction. There isn’t a gym to go to, no hanging out with friends, no playing sports. So many things that we take for granted aren’t accessible.

Staying in Shape

Rather than going to the gym, at home workouts are the new norm. A lot of people who don’t have gym memberships are finding time to work out and stay somewhat active. If you’re one of the people who didn’t think you had time to go to the gym, you may think differently after this is all over. The time is always there, it’s just a matter of taking that initiative.

With so much time spent at home, boredom sets in. If boredom strikes, that’s a perfect opportunity to go for a walk, a run, do some pushups or crunches, or maybe get a deep stretch.

Waking up at the same and doing a quick workout or walk is easy, it’s just a matter of using that time in the morning effectively. Turn off the TV, put down the phone, get active.

Keep in Touch

If you thought there wasn’t enough time in the day to go to work, make dinner, spend time with the family, and keep in touch with friends and family, what’s the difference now? How does it seem that there’s more time in the day to keep in touch now?

Traveling to and from work is time-consuming, but what about the time in the car? That could be time spent talking to people and staying in touch. Facetime, Snapchat videos, HouseParty, and Zoom are great to get friends and family together to stay in touch. The opportunities are there, it circles back to being efficient with your time.


We have the opportunity to learn and read when we didn’t think we could before. Take a look at the stock market, dust off the book you started two months ago, dig out your grandma’s cookbook and find a dish you used to love. We’re in a weird situation where we have time to burn, we might as well make the most of it by filling our brains with knowledge.

Rather than waiting around for all of this to end, use it to your advantage! Pick up a new hobby, read something you’ve meant to read, do something you’ve meant to do. We’re all alone together, and when we come out of this, we should all be able to say that we used this time to our advantage.

Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands, and stay safe!



Nathaniel Winans

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