After COVID-19, Plan a Healthier Lifestyle
We’ve been forced to slow down. In a world that spins too fast most days with errands to run, information overload at every twist and turn, and work and families to take care of…it can be overwhelming.
Tragic realities have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. People lost friends and family members. Our economy took a big hit.
We have the chance to look for a silver lining. We need to find the good in the bad. It’s how we thrive and continue marching forward after defeat.
Nobody could have predicted the patterns that were ingrained in our everyday lives would be shaken, tested, and then grounded to a halt. Nobody. Not of this magnitude. And yet, in the time that we’ve been quarantined in our homes, we’re getting the opportunity to take a good, hard look at how we spent our days prior.
Early on, that first week or two, you might have longed to get your daily coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin’. Maybe you missed the pattern of going to the gym to workout at the end of the day to release your stress. Or, maybe it’s the social interaction of getting a drink with friends on the weekend that stopped you in your tracks and left you mourning your “old” life – pre-quarantine.
But when the initial shock wore off, did you stop to think about how often your mobile phone was attached to your hip? How many times a day you checked it, and maybe didn’t focus on the conversation with your partner as deeply? Did you always have the time to play games and read books as often as you do today?
What about walks around the neighborhood to stretch your legs? Slowing down, while for sad circumstances, might be the gift you didn’t know you needed.
Our lives are hectic, fueled on adrenalin and caffeine, as we rush from one priority to the next. Some days we aren’t so much living as we are functioning.
Maybe what this COVID-19 quarantine did was force you to take a good, hard look at your day to day life. What were you wasting time on? What was lacking? What mattered the most when life wasn’t moving at 90 m.p.h.?
Did you have more quality family time? Were your conversations deeper? Did you take time to enjoy the walk around the block, taking in the spring flowers as they bloomed?
And here we are, today, over a month later. We adapt. We figure things out. We move on. And we learn.
What did you learn? What will you change?
Consider your lifestyle. Is it fulfilling? Or has the disruption ended up being eye-opening? What happens if you give up a couple of tasks that don’t impact your life in the overall scheme of things?
Stress levels are at an all-time high. This is how we live our lives these days, almost like it’s a badge of honor to be non-stop, always working, always on the go, and never slowing down. But is that truly living?
Consider this—you’ve got a chance to reset some habits. What changes will lead to a healthier lifestyle? Maybe you stockpiled pasta and rice, because it was a good staple, but all those carbs are leaving you bloated and tired. Or you realized you don’t need fifteen coffees a day to function. Maybe you found that a walk around the block gave you the same stress outlet as when you spend countless monthly payments on your gym membership.
Are you looking at your finances? What did you see you could do without? Was there something you needed that you overlooked? Maybe allocating funds in a new way would help you with your savings. Maybe cutting out frivolous expenses will give you peace of mind, should an emergency arise. Will you be better prepared should it return, and we’re forced back into quarantine?
Maybe you learned that you need social interaction. Online video conferences, cell phones, and text messaging keep us connected more than ever. Were there people that you were healthier avoiding? Cut toxic people from your life and let go of people that bring you down.
You’ve been given an opportunity to take a microscope to your life and really see how you were spending your time. What habits will you change? What will you keep? Aim for a healthier lifestyle, whether it’s your body, mind, or soul that needs it the most.
One thing is for certain, this moment in history will eventually pass like all others. What you choose to do with the things you’ve learned is up to you. What will you tackle first?
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