How to Adapt and Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World
by Jennifer Scott (http://spiritfinder.org/) and photo via https://www.pexels.com/
Although the pandemic hasn’t ended yet, many of us are starting to think about the future. What will the world look like when everything opens back up again? As we’ve seen over the past year, individuals and industries have made all kinds of dramatic changes to the norm and we’ve all had a lot of time to adjust and adapt. Some of these changes might just stick around long after the pandemic is over. This is the time to embrace change, innovation, and resiliency so we can all thrive in the years to come!
Fortunately, there are countless resources out there, such as AYUSH Living, that can help guide you towards a lifestyle of health and wellness. Accessing resources like these is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn what else you can do to find wellness in the post-pandemic world.
Learning to Accept What You Can’t Change
For many, the hardest part about the pandemic has been confronting change. We tend to be resistant to change, holding onto our routines and expectations like they’re the only things keeping us afloat. But learning to accept change and go with the flow is an incredibly important coping strategy during times of upheaval — such as the current pandemic! Pain and loss are part of the human experience. Since most negative events are out of our control, it’s important that we stay open to a range of feelings and find ways to cope without turning to destructive behaviors.
Believe it or not, you can actually train your mind to be more resilient and flexible. Whether you’re struggling to adjust to remote work, missing your loved ones, or otherwise grieving the loss of your normal life, you may find it helpful to pick up a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is all about learning to accept how we’re feeling instead of fighting it. If this sounds like a beneficial approach to you, consider establishing a mindfulness meditation practice during the pandemic.
Being Open to New Ideas
Open-mindedness is not just about being open to other people’s opinions and beliefs but about being open to new experiences, as well. By nature, humans tend to fall into routines and habitual ways of doing things. While this can help us save time and reduce decision fatigue, it’s also important to stay open to new ideas. Change often signals progress towards something better. It can innovate how we do things and make our lives easier, so we should welcome it with open arms.
The real estate market is a great example of how industries have embraced innovation during the pandemic. If you wanted to buy a home before the pandemic, you had to take time out of your day to tour homes and attend countless meetings with real estate agents, buyers, inspectors, and money lenders. Now, thanks to 3D cameras, video chat services, and eClosing technology, you can complete much — if not all — of the home buying process from the comfort of your own home.
Are you planning on moving during the pandemic? Take advantage of all the resources that are available to make your experience as smooth as possible. For example, you can use the Redfin website to research home design trends and prices so you can avoid wasting money and time on home upgrades that won’t pay off when you sell. Resources like these are invaluable to home buyers and sellers during the pandemic.
Living Closer to Nature
Since many of our favorite indoor activities have been canceled — concerts, movies, restaurant dining, etc. — many of us have found new ways to entertain ourselves outdoors. This has been an excellent opportunity to reconnect with nature. Spending time in nature is incredibly valuable to our physical health and mental wellbeing, so consider picking up daily routines that help you get out of the house and into the wild. To get started, Nature-Mentor.com recommends spending some time in a natural environment, like a park or forest trail, and noticing how your senses react to all the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings around you.
Prioritizing Healthy Habits
Besides spending more time outside, the pandemic has encouraged us to focus on many other aspects of good health. Los Angeles Daily News explains how the closure of gyms, fitness centers, and restaurants has shaped new eating and exercise habits. More people are cooking healthy meals from scratch and venturing outside for physical activity. The pandemic has also given us more time to get to bed early and adopt habits that can improve our sleep quality. Take advantage of this slower-paced life to pick up healthy behaviors that will stick with you for years to come!
Finding Time for What Matters Most
Perhaps one of the most beneficial side effects of the pandemic is the change in perspective that it has triggered. We’re finally making time for the things that matter most to us, and that’s a wonderful thing! For some, the pandemic was the final push to leave a dead-end job and pursue a passion project. For others, it was the catalyst for learning new skills and picking up long-abandoned hobbies. Whether it’s calling a loved one over video chat, plucking away at a guitar, taking a walk through the forest, or relaxing in a hot bath, make time for the activities that bring value to you. When the pandemic is over, this practice will continue to bring a sense of fulfillment to your life.
Although it’s been over a year since the initial COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, life during a pandemic still feels a little surreal. We’ve all had to face some major life changes and many of us are still adapting. From finding new sources of employment to dealing with financial stress, the pandemic has thrown a lot of new and unanticipated challenges at us, but it’s also opened the door for new opportunities. In the end, thriving during the pandemic is all about finding the silver lining and making the best of your new situation.
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Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.