It’s almost two years since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic is still far from over, but there is a vaccine available now, and there are more mild cases than severe ones. After spending many months at home, quarantining and hoping you didn’t bring the virus with you after running some errands outdoors, you have probably settled in a new normal lifestyle. It wasn’t easy. Working from home and sending kids to a virtual classroom stripped everyone of vital experiences, but staying in is crucial to avoid getting infected.
Although the pandemic spawned plenty of negatives, it also paved a better work-life balance. This scenario is especially true for remote workers working extended shifts in traditional offices during pre-pandemic days. Changes still come daily to combat new virus strains that surface. With health policies to help safeguard your health, you must be ready to spend more time at home. You’re probably in a better place than during the initial months of the pandemic. However, you can still enhance your lifestyle with the suggestions below.
Add Structure to Your Indoor Life
With no boss and managers around, you don’t have to adhere to a strict work schedule as long as you submit tasks on time. However, you also bypass other vital activities in everyday life with this flexibility.
For example, since you can snack and eat meals whenever you want and have your favorites in your workstation at home, you leave all notions of structure aside. You might think you can get lunch or breakfast later in the day. By sticking to a routine that fits your home and work life combined, you can get work tasks done and still faithfully follow a healthy daily regimen.
Prepare for Various Things
It’s safer to go out these days than the first months of the pandemic but minimizing outdoor contact is still imperative. You can stay indoors and avoid going out as much as possible by having your essentials close at hand.
Suppose you have several health conditions for which you need to prepare yourself. You’ll be better positioned when you have a stock of vitamins, maintenance meds, and allergy medicines at home. This way, you can take immediate action should you or one of your family members fall ill. Furthermore, you don’t have to go to the store as frequently when you have at least two weeks’ worth of groceries.
Do Something Productive Daily
After having a taste of the freedom that comes with working from home, many people realized how excessive it was to commute and spend hours a day bogged down to a desk in the past. At home, professionals can accomplish tasks and experience a healthy work-life balance. Still, with the free time you have now, aside from polishing your career at home, you can do more things to keep you busy. With fewer things to mind, you can now pick up a few hobbies or learn new skills that you can add to your CV. Besides basking in your newfound freedom brought by your indoor lifestyle, you can also use this time to learn and hone your abilities or keep yourself entertained and save yourself from cabin fever.
These are undoubtedly confusing times. Thanks to the vaccine, going out is safer, but you shouldn’t be too complacent. The key is to follow protocols and prioritize safety during your outdoor escapades. When you observe social distancing, keep your mask on, and practice proper hand hygiene, you should be safe from the virus. Staying in is crucial, but you can also treat yourself to some outdoor activities when you can.
You can take a lap around the neighborhood, visit uncrowded beaches, or bask in the sun in your garden. This way, you can give yourself a much-needed change of scenery because staying inside all the time is frustrating after more than a year. You can even travel to short-distance places, as long as you opt for day trips where you can stay in your car during meal times and avoid crowds.
Make Time for Yourself
Staying at home with family is fun, but it can also be terrifying. Indeed, worrying about your health is scary enough, but when you start thinking that you’re loved ones are also in danger, that’s when you begin to be more frightened. Running a household amidst the pandemic is far from easy; you have to start from scratch.
First and foremost, you need to ensure sufficient supplies to accommodate your families’ needs. You also need to ensure their days go as normally as their pre-pandemic days so they can keep performing their best in work or school. Apart from these, you have more on your plate like working from home, which can cause stress. To stay sane above the chaos, you also need to recharge by indulging in activities you love.
By tailoring a wonderful home life, you can ease anxiety and maintain a healthy household amidst the pandemic.
While the global pandemic might have affected how everyone lives, you can still do some things to add a bit of normalcy. By following these steps, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle while cooped up indoors.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.