There is no doubt the Covid-19 pandemic was tough. It turned our world upside down. It disrupted our routines, forced us to stay home, made us confront the fragility of life and pushed us well beyond the limits of our comfort zone.
But amidst our collective fear and suffering, there were silver linings. We learned to be kind and care for our neighbor, we slowed down, parents spent more time with their kids — in person and on Zoom. We focused more on our physical and mental health and learned to appreciate the smallest things we used to take for granted. We proved to ourselves how resilient we are, and we treated each other with compassion.
As we rush to get back to normal, here are some lessons learned from our time under lockdown that we should keep, and even build upon, to create a new normal — better than the one before.
Here are four ways the pandemic can improve how we live on the other side of it.
- Keep family closer and work more flexible.
Stuck at home with toddlers or teenagers and juggling work was a nightmare at first. But gradually, work hours became more flexible as parents scheduled meetings around virtual classes and mealtimes. Families who were physically together or miles apart spent much more time with each other live or on zoom, reminding us how precious those relationships are.
The word “office” came to mean a bedroom, closet, outdoor coffee shop or a sun lounger by the pool. We now realize that we can be effective and productive making “work” fit into our circumstances rather than adapting to fit a corporate mold.
- Focus more on mental and physical health.
The pandemic affected us individually in different ways. There was no guidebook on how to get through it but collectively, there was a shift to self-care, to give ourselves space and patience in our vulnerability.
For some that was journaling, others joined outdoor fitness classes. Self-care was no longer seen as an indulgence but a necessity to keep going.
- Embrace adaptability.
Lockdown forced us to try new ways of doing things. It wasn’t easy, but the impossible became possible and many of us now have a more empowered perspective of our capabilities.
Here at Vault, we took our classes outside or online. We kept our community fit, positive, and strong against all odds! Our Covid experiences proved that we are resilient and this leaves us feeling stronger than ever!
- More gratitude.
The bleakness of the pandemic and universal suffering helped us see the good things that happened in a new light. We appreciated what we had so often taken for granted. Small victories became a reason to celebrate. We focused on others, checking in on them, buying groceries for those in need. We felt like we were all in this together with a common Covid-19 enemy.
As we re-enter the post-Covid world, keep these tips in mind. The new normal may be a better normal than before!