The pandemic has affected each of us in one way or another. Many of us have had to make a few significant changes to our lifestyle — whether by force or choice. However, some of these coronavirus-induced adaptations have been more positive than negative — as they’ve encouraged us to slow down our busy lives and focus on the things that matter most. And as we transition into a post-pandemic world, we should bring some of these changes with us for more health and happiness in the future.
Read on to explore five of the lifestyle adaptations that should be made permanent.
Spending More Time at Home
Due to the pandemic, you’re likely spending more time at home than ever before. This could strengthen the relationship you share with your household members, or lead to more arguing, complaining, criticism, and general unpleasantness at home. However, a few positive changes to your home can help to clear it of bad energy, relieve household tension, and make your home a happier, healthier place to live.
These positive changes include:
- Cleaning and decluttering the home.
- Opening up the curtains and windows to let in fresh air and natural night.
- Burning sage to cleanse the home of bad energies.
- Building healthier habits, like eating better foods, drinking more water, and getting enough sleep each night.
Supporting Local Businesses
To protect our neighbor’s and community members’ jobs, many of us have stepped up to support local businesses during the coronavirus crisis — and this is an adaptation that should be carried over into a post-pandemic world. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends writing online reviews for local businesses, ordering curbside pickup, and purchasing gift cards to be used in the future.
Enjoying and Respecting Nature
Spending more time in nature is another lifestyle adaptation many of us have made during the pandemic, and it’s something we should continue to do moving forward. According to a study conducted by Scientific Reports, we can achieve good health and well-being by spending just 120 minutes a week in natural environments — whether it’s lounging in our backyards, enjoying an outdoor hobby such as hiking or snowshoeing, tending a garden, or walking a dog.
Doing What You Love
During pandemic lockdowns, many of us took on new hobbies and activities to pass the time — and we shouldn’t give up on them as soon as the pandemic ends. Hobbies are important for several reasons, as they help us cope in times of stress, connect with others, learn new skills, and build structure in our lives. A few affordable hobbies to explore things like biking, reading, creative writing, baking, and even adopting or fostering a new animal companion.
Making Positive Career Shifts
Whether you’re looking for a career change, have lost your job due to COVID-19, or you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, now is the time to do it. By starting a limited liability company (LLC), for instance, you’ll get your business up and running in no time — and you’ll receive tax benefits, protection from personal liability, and flexibility in how the business is managed. Plus, the process of filing an LLC is typically easier than that of starting an S or C corporation.
Once you’re ready to start a limited liability company, you can save on attorney’s fees by using an online business formation service or file the paperwork on your own. However, note that most LLC filing requirements vary by state, and it’s important to review your local rules before getting started.
The Bottom Line
The coronavirus crisis has challenged each of us in one way or another. But certain aspects of the pandemic have changed our lives for the better. For optimal health and well-being moving forward in a post-pandemic world, it’s important to carry these positive lifestyle changes over into a post-coronavirus world.
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