The coronavirus outbreak has left its mark and reshaped almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we wash our hands to the way we work, shop and socialize. If we look on the bright side, some of the adjustments we had to make were not all that bad. In fact, some of the newly acquired habits helped us rediscover and improve ourselves and our lives and are definitely worth keeping even after the pandemic is over.
Stock up for emergencies
If there’s anything we’ve learned from this pandemic experience is that we should always be prepared, as a Boy Scout motto always say. Stocking up on the right foods and essential items is something we had to do during the lockdown but it’s also useful in other types of emergency situations such as earthquakes or blizzards. Going to the supermarket might be difficult after such natural disasters, so, it’s best to have an emergency stock just in case.
Stream home entertainment
Most movie theaters around the country are still closed. When they reopen, or if they reopen, they will have to implement strict social distancing rules to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensure the safety of customers.
Meanwhile, people locked up in their houses rediscovered how fun and convenient it is (and way cheaper) to watch movies and shows on their computers, phones, tablets and other devices. With the way things are going in terms of the coronavirus pandemic, we might need to hold on to this home entertainment habit for quite some time.
Offer considerate small gifts
The shelter-in-place and lockdown measures kept many of us from visiting our families and friends, even on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Luckily, package and mail delivery services worked 24/7 and allowed us to send them something to let them know what they mean to us.
This habit does not have to end when the pandemic does. You can still send your friends a greeting card on a special occasion, mail your aunt some yeast to bake her delicious cookies or a puzzle to your nephews when you can’t hug them in person.
Learn to work from home
What we wouldn’t have given in the past to work from home, even if for one day. Well, we got our wish a few months ago when the pandemic started, and things have never been the same since. For many of us, working remotely has become a necessity rather than a privilege.
Even if we miss the office coffeemaker or chit-chatting with our coworkers at the beginning of the day, let’s look on the bright side. Working from home does have its perks and if we can continue to do it from the safety of our own home, why not take advantage of that? That being said, here are Top 10 Companies With Remote Job Opportunities.
Enjoy board games and puzzles
Lockdown made us realize it’s not easy being cooped up in the house all the time. We had to come up with all sorts of ideas to pass the time, from cooking more than we ate to searching the attic for old puzzles and traditional board games such as Monopoly and Clue. Another thing we were reminded of during the self-isolation is that it’s actually nice to spend our time together and catch up over a board game; it’s something we shouldn’t stop doing after the pandemic recedes.
If you need some ideas for interesting family games, here are 7 Best Family Games to Play the Time Away During a Pandemic; we will add after the pandemic as well.
Because we had to limit our trips to the grocery store, many of us opted for online shopping during the lockdown. For some, it was their first time ordering online. Others discovered local businesses or tried community-supported agriculture farm boxes with fresh fruits and vegetables and ate healthier.
The idea is that most of us learned how to shop smarter and stop wasting our time and money on things we don’t really need. If you’ve managed to save some money during the pandemic because you changed your shopping pattern, learned how to plan your meals in advance and stick to the essentials, then don’t stop after the outbreak is over. Smart shopping and planning are good habits no matter the situation.
Try home workouts
Most gyms and recreation centers had to stop their activity during the coronavirus outbreak, forcing people used to working out to try all sorts of exercises at home. Not being able to move from one place to another made us even more aware of the importance of any type of physical activity.
Just like we managed to stay active during the lockdown with the help of some jump ropes, kettlebells and online workout videos, we can also do it post-pandemic without any fancy equipment. All you need is a little bit of determination to turn exercising into a normal routine.
Support local businesses
Small, independent businesses took a hard hit when they had to close down because of the coronavirus outbreak. Some of them moved their activity online and managed to somehow survive the crisis. Supporting any type of small business by purchasing their products, sending positive reviews or telling others about their products is essential in keeping the economy alive and supporting your neighbors.
“Supporting your favorite small businesses does not necessarily require you to buy something from them, you could merely refer others to their store. You can significantly assist small businesses by sharing the word about them with people you know whenever possible, whether through phone, email, social media or in-person conversations,” explains Hassan Alnassir, founder and owner of the toy company Premium Joy.
Support neighbors in need
The coronavirus outbreak caused all sorts of changes and problems to everyone, but older people, those suffering from various illnesses or living alone had a lot more on their plate. If you’ve been checking on your elderly neighbor or helping with groceries during the lockdown, there’s no reason for you to stop after the pandemic subsides. They might still need your help with groceries or other home chores.
Speaking of seniors, here’s What Older At-Risk Adults Should Know About Coronavirus.
Stay connected with video chats
During the self-isolation, many of us discovered how easy and fun it is to stay connected and in touch with friends, family and even co-workers via video chats. Instead of talking to one person on the phone, you could organize group gatherings and see each other as well. This does not have to stop.
We now know how to use videoconferencing apps. So, next time we feel like having a get-together with friends or family members, we can simply do it with a simple click. Here are 13 Creative Ways Seniors Can Stay Connected While Social Distancing.
Wash hands thoroughly
If you weren’t dutifully washing your hands before, the novel coronavirus surely turned you (everyone, for that matter) into a conscientious hand washer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wash frequently for at least 20 seconds, or about twice the time it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.
Don’t stop complying with these hygiene rules even after the coronavirus outbreak is over. There are other germs and viruses that you need to protect yourself against as well. Just make sure you avoid excessive hand washing and learn How to Keep Your Skin Healthy.
Learn something new
Children were not the only ones who benefited from distance learning during the pandemic. Many people discovered the advantages of online education and learned a new language, improved their business skills by taking online courses, discovered a new hobby or learned a new craft with the help of YouTube videos or podcasts. You can still learn new things even if you’re no longer stuck at home. Personal or professional development will always help you in life.
Declutter and donate or sell
We always used to complain we don’t have enough time to clean the house the way we should. Well, while we were stuck at home, we had all the time in the world to sort through the closest, garage or attic. If you’ve gathered quite a collection of things you no longer use or wear and don’t know what to do with it, we’ve got the answer to that. Donate it or take it to a thrift shop where you can also make some extra cash.
Decluttering your home from time to time, not only during the pandemic, is good for your mental health as well. A disorganized and cluttered place can make you feel stressed and unhappy. If you don’t know where to start, here are 16 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Cash in No Time.
Take advantage of virtual appointments
Virtual doctor appointments, also known as telehealth, telemedicine services, were Godsend during the pandemic but they can be quite practical and useful even after the pandemic is over. Imagine describing your symptoms to your doctor while sitting on your living room couch! Telehealth services can solve a lot of logistics issues, especially for people who live far away from their doctors and don’t have any means of transportation.
A virtual visit to the doctor may not solve more serious issues but it is pretty convenient in some cases, for example when you only need a prescription. If you don’t know much about virtual appointments, here are 7 Important Facts You Need to Know About Online Doctor Visits.