7 positive Changes We Should Continue
We live in a busy world. Our schedules are filled with jobs, meetings, calls, hobbies, friends, and the list goes on and on. We Wake up early, rush around all day, come home late, hit the hay and do it all again the next day. Amidst all this noise and chaos, it’s easy to forget to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. This pandemic has caused a lot of headaches and commotion in our lives and a lot of pain in others. Is it all bad though? Here are seven things the coronavirus lockdown has forced us to do that I think we should all consider making permanent.
Spend more time with family
In our normal lives, it’s easy to neglect spending time with family. We make excuses like “I’m too busy” or “It’s been a long day, I’m tired”. Now we can’t make excuses. The world has been turned off and we have been told to stay home. Many have filled this extra time by consuming news and complaining about the situation, but others have taken this opportunity to spend time with their family and make the most of it. They are putting old board games to use, dusting off the basketball, and settling in for a nice movie night. The sad part is that as soon as this lockdown is over, people will revert to their normal lives and the excuses that come with it. Instead of doing that, let’s make an effort to prioritize family time like we prioritize a work meeting.
Go for a walk
“The gym is closed! Orangetheory shutdown! What will I do?”. Yes I know we are all used to our nice air conditioned gyms with excessive amounts of equipment but this situation has a positive side as well. The amount of people I have seen out for a walk over the past couple of weeks has been nothing short of amazing. It’s not only walks either. I’ve seen people on bike rides, hiking, working out outside etc. People are putting away the screens and enjoying nature and I hope it’s something we can continue.
Develop new skills
What a wonderful time it has been to learn something new. You have nothing to do and nowhere to go, so why not hop on youtube and learn something new. During this lockdown I’ve seen everything from people learning to knit, to people learning to do a handstand. In our busy lives it is easy to become stagnant and not learn anything new but I challenge you to learn a new skill every 2-3 months even after the lockdown is over.
Save money for the next emergency
This crisis has taught us a lot about money, and it has definitely shown us that a lot of people were not financially prepared for an emergency. It’s hard to blame anyone because of how extreme and unprecedented this situation has been but it is something we can learn from to be better prepared for the next one. People have been forced to take inventory of their expenses and prioritize needs and wants. Now most people should have an idea of the minimum amount of money they should need in case of an emergency and can prepare for the next one.
Lend a helping hand
One of the most amazing things to come out of this pandemic is to witness the generosity and kindness of people. Sure we fight and argue a lot with each other about politics, religion, work etc. but when things get tough, we look out for one another. We make meals for the less fortunate, lend money to a neighbor to get them through the month, go to the grocery for an elderly person so they don’t have to leave their house and so on. I challenge anyone reading this to not make these acts of kindness exclusive to crisis but routine in everyday life.
Shop with local and small businesses
If one thing is evident, it’s that a worldwide lockdown is detrimental to the Small businesses. The larger companies have the resources to stay afloat, whereas some of these small businesses survive due to the business of people in the local community. Seeing the support and help people have extended to local businesses and the generous steps some of these businesses have taken to ensure the financial stability and health of their employees has been amazing to witness.
Stock up on toilet paper
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’m typing this as a joke or not….But maybe having a couple months supply of toilet paper isn’t such a bad idea.