Such trying times have urged many to stay at home for weeks away from friends and family—only with safety in mind. But thanks to today's technology, it has become possible for everyone to stay "connected" digitally despite the physical absence.
Five Pinoys below share how they've coped with and learned under the “new normal”—all while keeping themselves engaged and connected with family, friends, and the community.
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'I had more time for my art'
@rchdria makes the most of this period by tapping into her artistic side. “I always express my feelings through art," she says. "I love to sketch faces. It helps me a lot, not only mentally but spiritually, too." With more time spent at home, she is able to expand and explore this talent—with the help of her public school teacher mom.
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'I explored a new lifestyle'
For @itsmejillianneee, smartphones help many people cope with stress the pandemic has brought about. Of this, Jill hightlights how phones now serve a more practical purpose, letting people adapt and evolve in the process. Case in point: Continued education through online classes.
“Malaki ang binago ng ECQ sa buhay ko (bilang) college student, lalo na sa demo teaching namin. Imagine, dati actual demo teaching ang kailangan, pero dahil sa pandemic na ito, ang naging paraan na lang ay ang pag-vi-video sa aming mga sarili habang nag-de-demo,” she relates.
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'I learned to be an instrument of good'
@_gibbmeandy discovered that no matter your age or status in life, you can always be a better neighbor to your kababayan. This, as he, along with colleagues, recently distributed food and other essentials to their community’s Sikad drivers.
“We were so overwhelmed; we never expected how a little act of kindness (can) affect people. I realized that no matter how big or small (the gestures), the micro efforts can have a macro effect in people’s lives... Thank you Lord for making us an instrument and (helping us make) an impact in the lives of many people,” he enthuses.
'I learned to look for a silver lining'
While it is understandable and acceptable to feel a little down these days, it takes a different kind of courage to see a crisis differently. @Ynaalfonso23, who bore a premature child last year, knows this feeling all too well, “Ngayon (lang) nagkaron ng ganitong pandemic. Halos lahat ng mundo naging malungkot! Pero naisip (ko) baket kailangan maging malungkot kung ung anak kong bunso nag-survive (nga) sya sa pagiging premature child nya dahil gusto nyang maranasan pang mabuhay ng masaya kasama kame.”
Yna, presently enjoying the company of her now-one year old and way healthier child, has definitely imbibed a new life perspective. “Kaya ngayon, yung lungkot na nararamdam ko ng dahil sa pandemic na ito ay naiibsan dahil nakikita kong masaya at malusog ang anak kong lumalaban.”
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'I now have more time for family'
For @carlarosanna_d, this strange situation has opened up many opportunities to make new memories and bond deeper with family. “(Before COVID-19), family bonding seldom happens. Time with my kids before (felt) like a responsibility and a duty. But right now, I really get to enjoy spending time with them without thinking about work and stress," she opens up. "This, right here, is one of the positive things (that) this pandemic has brought."
'I had more time for introspection'
As some look for ways to keep busy, others like @ijomemoji are embracing the peace and quiet for some self-reflection. “This quarantine taught me how to spend more time with my family, we do a lot of things together that we haven't done before, I also learned to cherish every moment during (these) circumstances. I, my family are thankful for every blessing we (have) received each and (every day),” Jome declares.
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This quarantine, it is always comforting to know you're not alone. Using the time 'lost' to self-reflect, pursue a passion, learn a new skill, or simply be in the moment, many continue to share their experiences in coping on social media.
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Indeed, in these uncertain times, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to cherish these small moments of joy and hope while staying connected in every sense of the word.
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