The lives of Americans have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways. Even with restrictions loosening and the economy starting to reopen, many people are changing how they do everyday life. Some changes come by choice and some by force.
While there are challenges that come with such changes, there are often benefits as well. The key is to find out what adjustments are necessary for you and your loved ones to live your best lives. Let’s discuss some common ways the pandemic has changed everyday life, and how you can use the changes to your advantage.
Things That Must Go On
Though the routines of countless Americans changed, there are some things that we still must do, despite the global pandemic. For example, if you need to move homes, you need to move homes. And thankfully, you can still do that. And you can do it while social distancing by utilizing virtual open houses, video-chat tours, and 3D walkthroughs to tour homes that interest you.
Getting medicine and prescription drugs is another example of something that you may still have to do during the pandemic. By using a pharmacy that offers a drive-through, you can limit your exposure to COVID-19. And GoodRx notes you can even ask the pharmacist if you are eligible to change your 30-day prescription to a 90-day supply.
More Time with Loved Ones
At the surface level, this seems like a great thing. After all, we could all use more time with our loved ones, right? However, this can also cause stress if it’s not managed properly. Make sure you are making the most of your time with the people in your household. Soak up the moments while also respecting each other’s need to get away and enjoy solitude. Whether it’s time alone with a book or hiking miles of trails, some alone time can be just what the doctor ordered. Space helps keep your relationships balanced and healthy.
Working (and Teaching) at Home
This one goes along with spending more time with loved ones and respecting each other’s space. While technology has made it possible for many to work from home rather than suffer unemployment, doing so can be incredibly stressful when you have kids who can’t go to school, particularly when both spouses are working and trying to manage schedules. And if you are also trying to navigate homeschooling, that brings even more stress to the table.
The silver lining here is that if you work hard at finding a rhythm, you can maximize the benefits of working from home. A few of these benefits are convenience, less commute time, and more flexibility. And who knows, maybe you can even find other opportunities for remote work that you find more fulfilling. If your resume is out of date or you’re looking to polish it up a bit, you can find online freelancers who offer professional resume help. And if you’d like help transitioning to a new career, an expert career coach like Ryan Smith can work with you to determine your strengths, abilities, and priorities to find a career that best works for your individual needs.
While it’s absolutely necessary right now, social distancing is a major inconvenience for many people. Nonetheless, it not only can help protect you from COVID-19, but practicing it at some level can help keep you and your family safe from other health threats in the future. Wearing face masks is another inconvenient practice that could prove helpful in certain situations down the road.
Finally, more restaurants are now offering delivery services! Chances are many of those restaurants will continue those services long after the pandemic. Additionally, there is a growing number of grocery delivery services. This makes it more convenient than ever to have healthy options in your home. Take advantage of these services by making any necessary improvements to your eating habits. This is especially important if you were hooked on fast food prior to the pandemic.
Many of the changes in routine that have come during the COVID-19 pandemic are inconvenient. The bright side is most of them can benefit us in one way or another. Consider the changes discussed here and how you can make them work for you and your loved ones. You might find that you prefer the new normal to your old way of doing things!
About the Author
Jennifer Scott is a single mom who writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org. The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences. Based in Philadelphia, she enjoys traveling, working with animals, and seeking out new friendships and adventures.