The pandemic very likely took a toll on your life in one way or another. From shifting to remote work to spending more time at home, the changes you experienced were likely a mix of good and bad. As life gradually normalizes and you reenter the everyday world, take the opportunity to seize the positive elements of this evolution and leverage them for the better. This guide from Post 50 RX explains how to use common COVID-related changes to build a better life.
Build a Better Life
NO time like the present- you’ve earned this!!
Consider Upgrading Your Space
You probably spent a fair amount of time shut up at home during COVID. If you’re sick of your old space, why not upgrade to a new one? This can be especially pertinent if you’ve shifted to remote work full-time after COVID and need a larger space to work. It’s a good time to buy a house if you’re a first-time homebuyer, as you can capitalize on interest rates that remain relatively low.
If you’re not ready to buy a home, consider renting a new space. There are great apartments around Long Island that come packed with amenities starting at around $3,000 per month. You can even upgrade to a two bedroom in order to have a dedicated home office, or convert an apartment with a generous floor plan to a living room/home office. Look for an option that meets your home office needs.
Try a New Approach to Exercise
Many fitness centers closed due to COVID-19, pushing people to find innovative ways to work out, which pushed Zoom and online social interaction to the forefront. Sometimes an online workout session was the only social interaction someone in quarantine may have had for days.
With COVID restrictions eased, you have the choice to work out online or in person. If you’re looking to regain your strength and mobility, try a holistic wellness solution like a mix of yoga and personal training, which can help keep workouts fresh and exciting, while extras like massage help to soothe tired muscles.
Reconsider the Way You Eat
Most people have become more health-conscious in the wake of the pandemic. Exercise is one way you can help preserve your wellbeing, but healthy food is also important. However, eating healthy can be tricky when you’re busy with work, family, friends, and other obligations. Consider trying a healthy food delivery service to get the nutrients you need without stressing about spending time in the kitchen.
Care for Your Family
If you’re a parent who has been cooped up with their kids for the past two years, you may be ready to let the kids fend for themselves for a few days. Instead, let them get outside and play. Kids need socialization as much as adults do, so plan some play dates and kick back with a few other parents with a glass of wine.
Or perhaps you became pregnant during the pandemic and are searching for ways to create a new normal that includes a newborn. It’s a hard balance to find in the best of times, so do what you need in order to feel comfortable and confident going into parenthood. For moms, invest in a few maternity gowns for your hospital stay. There are many things you won’t be able to control during that time, so allow yourself some comfort items to create a calming environment for yourself during and after labor.
Tackle Your Mental Health Head-On
If you struggled with mental health during the pandemic, you aren’t alone. The World Health Organization revealed that the pandemic was a mental health risk worldwide. Regain control over your emotional wellbeing by making it a top priority. If you are experiencing issues like anxiety or depression, reach out for help. There are many mental health resources available.
Embrace a Proactive Approach to Minimizing Stress
Stress is one factor that can take a negative toll on overall mental health. The fact is that it’s impossible to remove every stressor from your life. That said, it’s possible to change the way you handle those stressors when they arise. Meditation is one potent tool in combating daily stress. If you’re new to the practice, try downloading an app to help you get into it. If not, use yoga to build a better life!
Commit to Building a Career You Love
Many people changed careers as a result of COVID-19. While some lost their jobs, others simply reconsidered their career paths. Take this moment to determine whether you’re on the path you want to be on. It may be time for a change—for example if you’re feeling burned out or uninspired. If this applies to you, think about what would really make you happy and map out a plan to get there. If you plan to start a home-based business, there may never have been a better time, considering all the collaboration tools and other productivity apps that have been instituted with the remote working boom.
Reignite Your Social Networks
Many people experienced a sense of isolation during the pandemic, as socializing with others became limited. Unfortunately, such isolation can increase a person’s risk of loneliness and depression. Recommit to your social life. Social Self explains that grabbing coffee with a friend or having a family dinner can help your emotional wellbeing, leaving you both happier and healthier.
Regardless of what you experienced during the pandemic, you probably won’t go back to living the exact same life you had before COVID-19. However, that doesn’t need to be a bad thing. Get inspired to make a positive change with the tips above!
It’s easy to make excuses to put off decisions in our lives: I’ll exercise tomorrow. I’ll take that trip next summer. Post 50 RX encourages you to embrace the now no matter what your age. Visit us online to learn more about how to defy age and never stop learning. And build a better life!
Wearing musk every day, never going far away from home, keeping my hands clean, learning to cook and gym at home are almost my changes during this pandemic. Oh and endless covid test XD
D Marie says
All wise choices! And most likely life-long ones…