How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Changing the Way We Live

This month’s blog has been kindly written for me by Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org. 

Thanks Jennifer for your contribution

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COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects on people and their well-being around the world, changing our lives in several ways. But not all these changes are bad! The pandemic created numerous temporary and long-term challenges that have encouraged people to adopt new behaviours and habits—many of which have benefits for our physical health, mental well-being, and financial security. Here are some great ways people and businesses are adapting to life during the coronavirus.

Buying and Selling Homes

Since house hunters are hesitant about attending an open day or visiting homes for showings, selling a home can be challenging right now. Thankfully, estate agents are offering all kinds of tech-savvy solutions to encourage buyers to continue searching for homes during the pandemic. Virtual tours, video-chat walkthroughs, 3D home modelling, and virtual staging can help you show your home to buyers without risking an in-person showing. These tools can help homeowners streamline the selling process and enjoy faster sales!

Opportunities for Remote Work

Technology is also playing an important role in how we work. Thanks to online collaboration and communication tools, many businesses have been able to shift their employees to remote work without compromising on productivity. The lockdown forced many businesses to test remote work on their teams and perfect their work-from-home policies. Employers are finding that their employees are just as productive—if not more—when they are given the option to work remotely.

In fact, many employees are hoping to continue working from home when the pandemic is over. If you’re enjoying remote work and your employer wants you to return to the office, this may be a good time to explore new career opportunities. There are many companies looking for remote workers! Alternatively, you could try starting your own business or working as a freelancer. Thanks to job boards that can help you connect with potential clients and employers, you can begin finding work with relative ease.

Nutrition and Physical Fitness

Since the shutdown of restaurants, gyms, recreation centres, and wellness studios, people have been taking their diet and fitness into their own hands. For example, many people have been forced to replace their regular restaurant outings with home cooking. Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money and incorporate more nutrition into your diet. You can find endless resources online to help you out with anything from mastering basic knife skills to baking sourdough bread!

Similarly, gym-goers are realizing that they can stay fit at home without commuting to the gym or paying for expensive memberships. There are plenty of free apps and exercise videos out there that can help you get in shape and stay motivated. If you’re missing your regular gym equipment, you can build an at-home gym or settle for some inexpensive alternatives, like dumbbells and a jump rope. Whatever adaptations you end up making to your nutrition and fitness journey, the health and financial benefits are bound to stick around for the long term!

Mental Health Care

The pandemic has also encouraged people to pay more attention to their mental health. The long days stuck inside under lockdown can be hard on our mental well-being, especially for the extroverts among us. Staving off loneliness and filling empty days with productive activities is imperative. To overcome these challenges, many people have adopted pets and started hobbies like gardening, playing instruments, or doing yoga. Online guides and video tutorials make it easy to pick up nearly any skill from home. Trying new activities and challenging your brain with new hobbies is a fantastic way to support your mental health during the pandemic and beyond!

It’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest life events that many of us have ever been through. Adjusting to hasn’t been easy, but we’re all finding ways to survive—and thrive! Many of the coping habits and healthy behaviours that we develop during the pandemic will continue to benefit us long after the pandemic ends.

 

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