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Lifestyle Adaptations That Should Continue After the Pandemic
Everyone has made significant lifestyle adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic. While people are ready for many things to end (like remote schooling or wearing masks), many changes should continue after the pandemic ends. Jay Moir discusses a few.
Spend More Time at Home
From 2019 to 2020, the time people spent at home increased by an average of 2.1 hours a day. These hours were spent watching television, playing games, using the computer, and participating in sports with household members. This trend should continue, as it helps shift focus from working or other tasks to spending time with family.
During the pandemic, many people started using social-distancing-friendly outdoor activities as a way to stay active. Being outdoors provides many benefits, including better mental health, increased physical fitness, and higher productivity levels. To receive these benefits, people should continue getting outside post-pandemic. A few safe ways to do this include hiking, fishing, and eating meals in your backyard. Other ideas include bicycling, playing non-contact sports, and gardening.
Don’t Settle for a Job You Hate
Many people lost their jobs during the pandemic, but quite a few willingly abandoned companies that didn’t prioritize health. Now that things are returning to normal, people aren’t willing to settle for low-paying positions that work employees to death. This trend should continue, because it has brought about positive quality-of-life changes.
For example, if you’ve always wanted to own a business, now is a great time to try. When starting your business, consider forming a limited liability company, or LLC. An LLC provides several benefits, namely limited personal liability and tax advantages. This type of business also offers more flexibility for your company to grow and requires significantly less paperwork than a corporation. Using an LLC formation service or filing the paperwork yourself can save you on expensive lawyer fees; however, be sure to check local rules for forming an LLC before moving forward, as these can vary from one state to another.
Prioritize Physical and Mental Health
With the symptoms of COVID proving to be less harmful in healthier individuals generally, many began prioritizing their physical and mental health. Americans were no longer willing to sacrifice themselves for work or similar responsibilities. People started eating healthier and drinking more water. They revisited hobbies, spent more time relaxing, and learned to say “no” when necessary. Many even reduced alcohol consumption and worked on quitting bad habits like smoking. These trends towards overall wellness should continue post-pandemic, especially since many have already become positive habits.
Support Your Community
The pandemic has been terrifying, and a lot of lives were lost to COVID. But, there were bright, shining moments during these difficult times you shouldn’t ignore. People supported their communities in the most profound yet simple ways. Many went out of their way to support local businesses that were financially struggling. Others delivered groceries to the front doors of ill or at-risk neighbors. Despite not having much, people donated to the health care bills and funeral costs of community members. Communities pulled together to support each other, and this should continue after the pandemic.
Permanent Pandemic Adaptations
While the pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone, some lifestyle adaptations should continue long-term. These changes can be part of a new normal after the end of the pandemic.
Are you ready to make your own changes? Be inspired by Jay!