For millions of people all over the country, life has changed drastically as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Incomes have been lost, educations have been put on hold, and much much more. We all know how hard things have been, and that's why we've put together a few new routines that will help us prepare for what might be waiting for us in the coming weeks and months ahead. Here are just a few tips and tricks that could help save us time, keep us safe, and make life easier as we adjust to the new normal.
1. Let’s start with meal preparation.
According to most reports, people are spending a lot more time buying groceries and cooking meals at home. However, that doesn’t always make it easy for us to decide what’s for dinner. Here’s a great solution: prepare all your meals for the month in advance. Known as Once-A-Month Cooking, there are many books, blogs, websites, and great ideas that can help us gather what we need and prepare enough meals for the entire month. It really takes the pressure off deciding what to eat!
2. Next up! How about learning a new skill?
This could be as simple as learning how to share your screen during a video chat or it could be as complex as enrolling in courses to help kick-start your new career. Can’t think of anything you want to tackle? How about learning the basics of SEO or Web Development? Whatever it is you choose to do, remember that learning something new takes time and can be challenging but the payoff in the end always seems to be worth it.
3. Let’s not forget about our health and wellness.
As we navigate our way through the post-pandemic world, it’s vitally important for us to stay healthy and keep physically active. We can practice good personal hygiene by consistently washing our hands and implementing sinus rinsing into our daily routines. We all know, it’s easy to put our personal appearance on the backburner when we have nowhere to go. But it’s proven that maintaining proper personal hygiene and staying active has a positive impact on our overall physical and mental wellness.
4. Stay connected with friends and family.
Of course, this might seem obvious but it’s incredibly important to stay in touch with those closest to us. We need to lean on them for support and be there for them when they need us most. Physical distancing might make it impossible for us to connect directly with our loved ones but we always have the option of picking up the phone or getting on a virtual chat. Don’t let those personal connections slip away!
5. Lastly, but definitely not least, we should aim to spend our money wisely.
Financially, things could get pretty tough if they aren’t already. It may be tempting to purchase a new luxury item as we’re browsing around our favorite online shopping site, but it might be wise to hold off for now. And, if we are going to buy something, we should spend wisely and pick up items that will keep us safe and healthy in these uncertain times.
If there is at least one important thing that we are all going to learn coming out of this pandemic, it’s that we all need to be more resilient to change. No one really knows for certain how the new normal will play out or for how long it will last. However, if we’re willing to adjust our routines and take on new behaviors, we’ve got the option to come out of this much better.