Has the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed your lifestyle? If so, you might feel like you’re still getting used to some of the changes brought on by the pandemic, whether they were a result of choice or circumstances beyond your control. But embracing change can be the key to making the most of this time. With the help of therapist Sophie Robinson-Matthews and these tips, you can develop a different perspective on this pandemic even as we start returning to normal.
Taking Care of Essential Business
Many things were put on hold because of the pandemic, but some tasks just couldn’t wait. From doctor’s appointments for essential care to visiting relatives who needed your assistance, you may have had to find a balance between being cautious and managing your responsibilities.
If you were planning to buy a home before the pandemic hit, you may not be able to postpone it any longer. The good news is that in-person showings are starting up again. To purchase a home, start by doing some research on the local housing market in your region. You’ll also want to find a savvy real estate agent who will help you schedule tours for properties you’re interested in.
This pandemic may have disrupted your career. Perhaps you shifted to working from home while caring for your children, and while you enjoy the extra family time, you feel like you’re juggling two jobs at once. Or maybe you lost your job, and now, you’re wondering how to secure employment again as we emerge from the pandemic.
If you’re job hunting, Silicon Republic recommends using LinkedIn to network and tailoring your applications to each specific job. And if you don’t know which direction you want to take your career, this might be a good time to connect with a career coach who can help you figure out your next move.
This may also be the ideal time to enhance your qualifications and resume by earning an online master’s degree. For example, a master’s in information technology could dramatically increase your earning potential, and an online program allows you to work on your own schedule.
Following Safety Guidelines
In the early days of the pandemic, it was probably tough to remember to follow all of the new safety protocols. At this point, you may be used to it, but sometimes, it can still feel difficult to make sure you’re always following the rules! To make wearing masks feel a little more enjoyable, for example, try making custom masks at home with fun designs. You can even sew masks to match your favourite outfits!
Staying Healthy at Home
Have you had to give up your gym membership because of the pandemic? If you’re not ready to return to the gym, you don’t have to give up on your fitness routine altogether - instead, you can start working out at home. Even if you haven’t worked out in a few months, it’s never too late to get back on track. To make sure that your home workouts are effective, Reid Health recommends choosing a specific space with enough room to exercise, doing bodyweight or cardio workouts that don’t require special equipment, and using fitness apps for guidance and suggestions. You may even want to continue exercising at home in the future to save money!
When you look back at your life before the pandemic, it may feel like your daily routines have become unrecognizable. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and if you can navigate this next back-to-normal phase of the pandemic with confidence, you’ll feel more optimistic about the days ahead. Perhaps you’ll even find that you’d like to stick with some of these changes for the long run!
Looking to conquer anxiety, stress, and depression? Therapist Sophie Robinson-Matthews can help. Reach out via Sophie Wild Robin today to learn more.
by Carla Lopez