While restrictions are loosening in some areas of the country and there are talks of more stay-at-home orders in others, it’s safe to say that, as a whole, everyday life in the United States has changed significantly. However, though major changes in routine can be difficult to navigate, they can also lead to better things. Whether it’s something that’s been forced upon you or something that you've chosen, here are some examples of big routine shifts that can help you live a healthier, more fulfilling life in the short and long term.
More and more grocery delivery services are surfacing these days. Now, you can get all the groceries you need delivered straight to your door, which means that you never have to step foot into a grocery store if you don’t want to
Aside from the convenience this option offers, it actually promotes healthy eating as well. And like other topics on this list, eating well is a basic form of self-care. There’s something about selecting your groceries online that can encourage healthy choices; perhaps it has something to do with not having to walk by the cookie aisle on your way to the produce section!
A lot of fitness centers are still closed. Plus, many people are not crazy about the idea of working out in close quarters with others. But you can still get in a good workout. There are tons of free and inexpensive resources available online, such as workout plans, videos, and apps to help you stay in shape at home. And many of the exercise routines you will find require little to no equipment. By creating a space at home, you can set yourself up for a variety of workouts. And you can always go for a walk or run around the neighborhood.
Similar to fitness centers, you may not be ready to visit your local salon or barbershop. Fortunately, you can find online tutorials and learn to cut your own hair. However, be wary of using scissors for this task; it’s typically best to keep it simple with hair clippers and a mirror.
Buying a Home
If you need to move, you need to move — even if there is a global pandemic happening. The good news is that there are alternatives to physical showings that are proving to be very effective. For example, buyers and sellers are discovering that they prefer touring homes via video-chat tours, virtual open houses, and 3D walkthroughs. During your house hunt, start with homes that offer these types of showings.
Most companies are at least considering offering telecommuting to employees at this point. After all, it can save them money and it allows them to stay afloat in a time when social distancing is the norm. But even if you have been laid off or furloughed, remote work can be a great way to find employment opportunities in your field of expertise or start a whole new career as an entrepreneur. Explore your options with remote work, consider the benefits, and if it’s something you’re interested in, figure out what you need to do to make it happen.
Taking Classes Online
If you’ve ever wanted to take an online course in the hopes of finding a different career, then now’s the time to make that happen. Thanks to the internet, you can choose from a wide variety of different classes — all of which are done online. For example, if you want to pursue an accounting degree, you can do so from the comfort of your own home. In fact, class schedules are often so flexible that you can study whenever you have the time.
Thanks to stricter guidelines regarding sanitation, public places will be cleaner than ever before for the foreseeable future. And you can increase your safety by wearing a face mask, washing your hands properly, maintaining a six-foot distance from others, and so on.
Your everyday routine may have been turned on its head, but you can make it work for your good. Take advantage of grocery delivery services and online exercise resources to boost your health. Also, consider learning how to cut your own hair, utilize technology if you need to buy a home, and explore your options with remote work. Lastly, practice basic precautions while in public to keep you and others safe.
This article was written by Jennifer Scott. We thank her for this work. The photograph was by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels. Again we are grateful.
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