There’s no question that the pandemic has changed the way we do things. We’re no longer attending concerts or gathering in large groups, but there are even bigger changes happening in our everyday lives. Some of these changes are temporary but others like the ones below are likely to stick around even after the masks are gone. Here’s how you can adapt to them.
We’re Getting Back to Nature
With indoor dining and entertainment off-limits, many people have started to turn back to nature for fun and stress relief. That’s not a bad trend at all since spending time outdoors has so many benefits. Numerous studies have found that time outside can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and several other chronic conditions. Your immune system received a big boost as well, which is especially helpful during a global pandemic.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, you can also put your energy into creating comfortable outdoor spaces. As the temperatures dip during the cooler months, this could include setting up a simple DIY fire pit to keep you cozy. If you choose a stone fire pit, be sure to let any wet stones dry out for several days before firing it up.
We’re Re-Thinking Our Careers
No economy has been spared from the pandemic and job losses in the US alone have been staggering. Across the country, millions of hardworking Americans have been let go or have had their hours reduced, which has led many of these folks to re-prioritize their career goals. The entertainment, travel and restaurant sectors have been some of the hardest hit, and these industries are not expected to bounce back anytime soon.
If you lost your job due to COVID restrictions, there are financial options available to help. Many of these resources will come from the federal government and private companies, although Montana residents and businesses may have access to additional aid at the state level.
With the needs of consumers rapidly changing, there may also be startup opportunities you never even considered before. If you decide to open a delivery service, drive-in theater or any other small business during the pandemic, filing paperwork for an LLC is a good idea. You should check regulations in your state before completing this paperwork, but know that forming an LLC will shelter your personal finances from liability and give you a few tax breaks.
We’re Spending More Time With Family
Spending habits during the pandemic have demonstrated that more people are spending much more time at home these days. This is another trend that isn’t likely to change, especially with increased access to remote work, streaming services and delivery options. It seems like Americans like being home and with their families more often, but all of that together time can also lead to a little more tension and conflict.
With that in mind, keeping the peace means sharing the internet throughout the day, which means that you need a connection that can keep everyone happy. A slow connection can cause difficulty with streaming high-definition content, as well as playing online games, so opt for a package that has enough bandwidth for everyone in the house.
If you want to keep the peace with your family, it might be time to stretch your legs and get out for some exploring. Maybe even plan a trip or staycation to see some of the breathtaking beauty your state has to offer. Chances are, there are plenty of museums and attractions still open, or you could visit the many lakes and campgrounds in the area. In addition to helping your family beat boredom, you’ll also be supporting local businesses and economies.
Eventually, the coronavirus will no longer be a serious threat and we can go back to normal. Of course, that normal is going to still look different than it did before, and this just means that you have to be willing to continue to roll with the punches. Honestly, some of the changes that stick could even be good for you.
Emma Grace Brown
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