The pandemic was a shock for the entire world. It crippled everything and brought the lives of everyone to a standstill, confining them to their homes. Whether it was students, businessmen, healthcare workers, or anyone in the world, everyone had to change their lives and develop a different routine. But now the worst is over; the world is in the recovery phase, and people’s lives are gaining normalcy.
There is a lot that we want to forget about the pandemic; wearing masks all the time, staying away from family and friends, social distancing. But it is the best time to rethink your life during the pandemic and see what habits are worth keeping as you transition back into your everyday life. Though you are not entirely out of the woods, below are some habits that must stay with you even when the pandemic and its aftershocks are over.
In the beginning, many people struggled with working from home. They felt that their work and life boundaries have significantly diminished. But with time, things have become pretty streamlined. Many workplaces have realized the cost-cutting benefit of working from home. Employees have also started seeing its perks. For instance, single parents can look after their kids, mothers can care for their infants, and students can work and study simultaneously. Remote working also gives employment to people who live in far-off areas and cannot come in search of jobs. So working from home is something that must continue.
It is expected that the world will continue to remain in the ‘post covid 19 workplace’ mode, and offices will have both onsite and remote working staff. With health and safety protocols in place, workplaces can promote the health of their employees while not laying off workers who are available for remote work only.
Washing your hands
This is the first thing that comes to mind when considering the pandemic-related preventive measures. The World Health Organization and other healthcare institutions around the world issued a strict advisory for everyone to wash their hands multiple times to avoid spreading infection.
Now that we are almost out of the pandemic and the vaccination drives are carried out everywhere, we must not stop keeping ourselves safe. Everyone should wash their hand for twenty seconds a few times during the day.
You must wash your hands after handling pets, caring for anyone ill in the house, before and after eating food, using the toilet, etc.
During the pandemic, people cared for their health more than they did before it hit the world in late 2019. People became more conscious about their immunity and engaged in healthy habits such as exercising daily.
Even if your pandemic exercise comprised a stroll in the park, swimming, dancing with your online tutor, or cycling in your backyard, you must continue this habit post-pandemic too.
Exercising daily is not only a good time killer, but it also has immense health benefits. Physical activity flushes out bacteria and toxins from your body. Resultantly, you have fewer chances of developing flu and cold. Exercise boosts immunity by causing changes in the body’s white blood cells. Exercise also helps maintain optimum body weight, strengthens muscles and bones, and improves appetite, sleep, and mood. Hence, you feel more energetic and happy.
Spending time with family
Social distancing measures confined people to their houses. But this confinement allowed people to spend time with their family, kids, and spouses. Many households renewed their habits of eating and playing together. Kids found their dads giving them math and English lessons.
Studies show that spending time with family has positive health and wellness benefits. You can increase your bonding with your loved ones and build confidence in one another. Children also develop self-esteem and self-confidence when they spend time with their parents. Spending time with your family also reduces stress and anxiety and makes you live a healthier and happier life. Therefore, even when the pandemic is over, you must develop your routine to make time for your family and kids and enjoy their company.
Skipping handshakes and hugs
During the pandemic, no one was allowed to touch each other, shake hands or hug. This precaution was there to keep yourself at a distance from others and prevent the spread of infection. Think about it, you are touching someone’s hand and placing your palms into someone else’s. Therefore, handshakes and hugs can increase your risk of getting the disease.
Though you are not strictly asked to avoid hugging and shaking hands, still doing so is perhaps the best way to avoid the spread of disease. The pandemic is not raging as it was in 2019, but it has not yet disappeared from the world either. So, it is better to take all the precautions you can.
Cooking at home
Many people had extra time during the pandemic they could put to productive use. Also, no takeaways or food deliveries were allowed. So, people cooked at home, learned new recipes and perfected their culinary skills. Now that everything is normalizing again, you must not leave your cooking habits. When you frequently cook at home, you are more inclined to eat healthy food by keeping oil, sugar, and sodium use in check. Home cooking also means avoiding overeating processed food and spending money on expensive takeaways. Plus, sharing your meal with your family is a great way to bond with them, spend quality time together, and stay connected with each other’s daily routine.
Pandemic has been very difficult for everyone around the world. Living in fear of getting a disease that spreads through touching and breathing is scary and stressful. However, the pandemic resulted in the development of many positive habits such as eating and spending time with family, eating home-cooked healthy meals, bonding with your kids, handwashing, and taking care of your hygiene. Though the pandemic is no longer spreading like wildfire, it is still in your benefit to keep up with your good habits developed during the pandemic.
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