When we started 2020, no one could have predicted the challenges and changes that were in store for all of us. From a global pandemic to months in lockdown to fluctuating restrictions, there’s a lot to keep up with. There are a few shifts that are likely to stick around even after this crisis is over. Consider these widespread pandemic lifestyle changes.
We’re Spending More Time at Home
We’ve all spent most of 2020 staying safe in our homes, and this trend is not likely to go anywhere in the months ahead. COVID-19 cases are rising once again and public health experts are predicting these surges to continue through the winter, so sheltering in place at home will be the best way to protect your family and yourself.
If you are going to be at home more, you should take a few steps to make it more comforting and calming. To reduce stress and clear any bad energy, spend some time cleaning up and organizing, and then open a few windows to let a fresh breeze purify your air. After making these adjustments, you may even notice that your family members are arguing less.
We’re Spending More Time With Family
Taking the time to make subtle improvements around your home can relieve stress. This can be especially helpful when you are sheltering in place with a spouse, partner, and/or children. While having more time with the ones you love can be a positive, it can also cause issues when you are trying to work remotely, helping kids with online school, and constantly having to find ways to keep your family entertained.
Since you’re likely to be at home with your family for the foreseeable future, it’s essential that you find ways to mitigate any extra tension you may be experiencing. Taking more time each day for self-care will help, or you can get your entire family out for some sun and exercise. With indoor activities still on hold, it’s also a good idea to get used to spending more hours outdoors.
Also know that increasing screen time is completely okay. In fact, most experts recommend that parents embrace screens and technology, especially in lockdown. Online gaming can even be a great way to spend time as a family, so long as you have the right internet connection to support all that extra playtime.
We Need to Keep Supporting Local Businesses
Small business owners are still fighting to survive amidst pandemic restrictions and considerations, and need support from consumers like you. So the next time you need to pick up any essentials, commit to shopping local.
If you’re thinking of starting a small business yourself to make up for lost income due to the pandemic – or to simply shift careers – know that there are many online tools that can help. For instance, you can fill out all necessary forms online that are needed to establish an LLC for your new business. By signing up with a trusted service, you can leave the necessary research (for example: your state’s requirements, fees and regulations) entirely in their hands so that you can focus on other aspects of the business itself.
We all want the COVID-19 pandemic to be over and for our lives to return to normal. Even so, that normal is likely to look a lot different than it did in the past. So be prepared for a few pandemic changes to still be around and find ways to make them work for your life.
If you’re finding it hard to maintain good health during the pandemic, connect with LBX Fitness for exercise and coaching services.
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