For a number of months, Covid-19 has had adverse effects on all of us mainly because we simply weren’t prepared for what was about to follow. Managing and trying to navigate through the day proved difficult for some. Let’s talk about these essential skills you’ll need after a pandemic.
For others, we quickly discovered that there were a few areas in our lives that needed improvement if we were going to simply survive. If only we had the right tools and skills, that would have made our lives easier during the stay-at-home orders.
Essential Skills You’ll Need After a Pandemic
Many of us have had the time to learn many of the necessary skills so learned how to not have to rely so much on others. We also have gained skills that helped us live life more fully. These are essential skills that everyone needs to have learned following the pandemic.
Refocusing Your Energy
Let’s be honest for a moment. Do you ever find yourself on certain days feeling anxious, stressing over matters that are out of your control? I know I do sometimes. It’s hard for us not to because we like to have some sense of control over our lives.
Yet when something unexpected or undesirable comes our way, we allow fear and helplessness to start affecting how we deal with things. We begin to focus all of our attention, worry, and time on the crisis instead of calmly trying to figure out how to manage through the situation.
This current pandemic is certainly an unexpected variable that none of us can control, offering us new challenges that we’ve had to learn to navigate. Instead of focusing all of our energy on the negatives, many of us have had to learn to refocus that energy on how we were going to make ends meet and how to safely protect our family.
Have you ever made a terribly poor decision that you later looked back on and wondered, “what was I thinking?” The evidence may have been staring right back at you, but you refused to see it? We’re all guilty of this at some point. In those situations, we make the mistake and come to a conclusion based on our own values and opinions, rather than seeking the truth regarding the situation and how it may influence our lives.
Critical thinking is especially important because it brings us to a place where we make fewer mistakes, and in return, produces more favorable outcomes.
It’s setting all of our biases aside while taking in all the information that’s available to us and analyzing it piece by piece. This approach allows us to make better judgments and decisions. Critical thinking is especially important for us when dealing with unprecedented conditions (like Covid-19).
Being Adaptable and Flexible
Out of all the essential skills on my list, being adaptable and flexible are probably the most important ones for you to remember. By using these skills, you’ll be able to not only cope with uncertain situations, but you’ll be able to stay on top of them as well.
- Think of it as a wrestling match. Getting pinned every time isn’t a whole lot of fun for any wrestler. It hurts.
- So, learning how to maneuver and counter your opponent’s moves becomes key in making sure that losing doesn’t continue to happen.
- Covid-19 threw a screwball at us like no other, and those that did not learn to adapt to it are still trying to recover.
- Many of us were left without work, put in a position where we had to stay home with our kids to help them with their schooling, or even had to look into another substitute for toilet paper. Who ever thought that would happen?
- Several of us had to cancel our vacation plans, reschedule weddings, and start attending outdoor church services. We all had to be flexible in those situations that forced a change in our daily lives.
Adapting with Your Work
There are millions of Americans who are still without work, and those that have returned to work, are struggling to make sure that their children are getting their schoolwork done as online schooling continues. Here are a few ways that they may have to adapt to as they deal with these circumstances.
Work Different Shifts
Until things return to normal, many moms and dads may be required to work different shifts than they did before in order to make things easier for their family.
Finding a New Career
As hard as this one sounds, people that are still without work may need to start looking into a different career, or at least a temporary part-time or full-time job that can hold them over.
Start Working From Home
Working a job outside the home just to pay the babysitter doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for some families. It may be time to look into jobs that you can do from home as you monitor your children with their online schooling.
Stock Your Home Office
These are great items to stock because we need to have a desk setting available for every member of the family to use.
Learning New Work Skills
Learning new work skills can provide you with more opportunities down the road. This is especially true in today’s world where learning the latest about technology and updates to computer programs and applications is so crucial.
Improve Your Cooking Skills
When the local restaurants that we relied on so much began to close, many of us started to panic because our cooking skills were pretty basic, or even obsolete. In case you missed this post, Cooking From Scratch 101
- If you quickly grew tired of eating bland meals that didn’t have a whole lot of flavor, you may have sought ways to improve your cooking skills.
- Learning about what to stock in your pantry, while providing your family with warm meals that were healthier for them also may have been something that you looked into.
- Mastering these skills keeps your family from eating out so often and wasting so much more money, but also helps each one of your family members stay healthier too.
Over the past several months we’ve all been spending more time in our homes than ever before.
- So any minor maintenance issues and flaws in your home have probably begun to stick out to you more like a sore thumb.
- Whether it was fixing a minor leak with your toilet, fixing dings in the walls, or doing a complete overhaul and remodel of your kitchen, the pandemic provided the perfect opportunity to learn some new home maintenance skills.
- Learning these skills also keeps you from having to rely on others for simple repair work, and also spending more money than you have to.
Recognition of the pandemic closely followed up by the stay-at-home orders provided us with more free time throughout our days than ever before. As hard as Covid-19 has been on all of us, it did help us see our lives in a different light.
This allowed many of us to pick up new hobbies, paint beautiful pictures, or even construct a bird feeder. We were given the chance to tap into the creative side of us that we may not have used since we were younger. Creativity is not only a fun skill to develop, it helps you to continue living and enjoying the things that matter most, even in difficult circumstances.
Chances are, you probably have learned a few of these essential skills already, or may have developed them a smidge ever since Covid-19 rocked your world. What are some other skills that you think are important for us to have following a pandemic? Can you name essential skills you’ll need after a pandemic? May God Bless this world, Linda.
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