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Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life in extreme ways. We’ve been forced to take a beat; to slow down and put a lot of our lives on hold. But just because we’re slowing down doesn’t mean we’re relaxing. With this huge shift in our daily lives comes added feelings of stress, uneasiness, fear, and sadness that are challenging to navigate.
Now, as some states ease restrictions and open back up, it’s become individuals’ decisions whether or not to venture out or remain inside, social distancing. Across the nation, many states are experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases due to re-opening while others’ numbers have remained stagnant.
It is unclear how much better or worse COVID-19 will become, but one thing is certain, it’s still very much here in the United States.
The uncertainty that we are facing makes us yearn for a sense of normalcy- a taste of our everyday life pre-corona. If you’re struggling to find a little bit of normalcy in your daily life, here are some ways that might inspire you.
Nothing beats face-to-face interaction with your loved ones, but right now, it’s safer to keep your distance. If you’re missing your friends and family, you can still see them. Host a video call and chat with them about everyday life. See how they’re handing things and talk about plans you’ll make to meet up post-corona. Some free video calling platforms include Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.
A major difficulty for a lot of people right now is staying inside. After three months of self-quarantining, everyone is itching to get outside. One way to get out while still social distancing is to go for a drive. You can experience the sunshine, enjoy a change of scenery, and give yourself something to do. If you’re dying to get out of the house, take a drive to somewhere new or explore your local area. Chances are, there’s lots to see from your vehicle if you really look.
COVID-19 has changed a lot of how we live our lives, but in order to maintain a sense of normalcy, you have to follow through on some of your normal routines. In the morning, wake up as you normally would and get ready for the day. Wash your face, change out of your PJ’s, and eat breakfast. These small habits you do daily can give you a sense of structure that you’re craving from your life pre-corona and can help you feel more productive and ready to take on your day.
Just because life seems a little uncertain right now, doesn’t mean you should stop planning and hoping for the future. As little orphan Annie once said, “The sun will come out tomorrow,” so make sure to keep working towards your goals in any way you can even if that means just writing them down. Don’t lose sight of what you want to accomplish and who you want to be.
Even if you weren’t a fan of working out before COVID-19, exercising is a great way to reduce stress and make you feel like you’re in control of your situation. Plan specific times during the week to knock out a workout and get your heart pumping. This will allow you stick to a routine which helps provide a little bit of normalcy. Plus, once you complete your exercises, you’ll feel great and a sense of accomplishment.
In the beginning, being inside all the time probably ignited a creative spark inside of you which like a lot of people, led you to start whipping up new creations in the kitchen. But after 3 months of cooking everyday you’re probably a little burnt out. If you feel comfortable and take necessary precautions, indulge in a meal from your favorite restaurant and give yourself a break from cooking. You probably didn’t cook for yourself and your family every single day pre-coronavirus, so don’t force yourself to do it every day now. You can order on an app like DoorDash or UberEats or opt for curb-side pick-up.
In a world full of inconsistency, it’s important to hold onto things that make you feel happy and bring you a sense of comfort and normalcy. The above list isn’t exhaustive and there are many other ways you can implement some normalcy into your everyday life. Remember to stay positive, stay strong, and be kind to others and if you’re feeling anxious because of COVID-19, know that you’re not alone.