Although we’ve all been able to take advantage of our cooking skills, and the joy we get from spending quality time in our kitchens, our lives will never be the same again. Period. Covid-19 has affected all of us one way or another, some of us more so than others. Almost overnight we shifted from the modern age and into an age of the “new norm.” Many of us were completely thrown off-kilter and had a far more difficult time readjusting to our new lives. I want to talk to you about how to survive in a post-pandemic world.
If only we had the hindsight ahead of time to prepare ourselves for the various events that were about to transpire. What we can do is look forward and try to prepare ourselves for whatever new and different situations may come our way. These are traits and skills that you and your family will need in order to survive in a post-pandemic world. In case you missed this post, 30 Items You Need To Survive A Pandemic
We’ve Slowed Way Down
As difficult as this may be to believe, the pandemic that we’ve been experiencing for most of 2020 has brought a few major improvements to our lives. For starters, it’s forced us as Americans to slow down. Way down. And that, my friend, has been a huge Godsend in disguise.
Understanding the Shift
Most of us have been going full-out, breakneck speed for so long; multi-tasking and stressing out about so many things, we didn’t realize that we were literally killing and aging ourselves with chronic stress. After we got home from work, we also had a difficult time shifting our attention to our family’s needs, let alone, getting a good night’s sleep because our mind wouldn’t stop reeling about the current day’s events.
Don’t Forget to Slow Down
Many of us have now returned to our everyday jobs, but it’s important that we remember to slow down and take care of ourselves. Don’t make excuses or keep yourself from taking a vacation that your family is in desperate need to enjoy together.
Your boss certainly isn’t going to beg you to take time off. Even after you’ve met his or her demands, they will still require more out of you, until you make the choice and call a timeout.
Focusing on What Really Matters
The pandemic also showed us something else that was extremely useful. It helped us refocus and zero in on the things that truly mattered.
- A 9-5 job is certainly nice to have, but it’s not something that is supposed to define who we are.
- For several months, millions of Americans were sent home jobless. This created a new kind of stress for them, but at the same time, it also meant that they were home spending time with their families.
- We were given a rare and unprecedented opportunity to connect and deepen our relationships with family and friends.
- We were able to reconnect and rekindle long-lost relationships, and also find ways of helping to meet the needs of others.
That’s what life is all about. If we’ve lost out on what really matters in life, what’s the point of getting out of bed each morning? Ask yourself, why do I exist? Why am I here? Being able to answer these questions will help you survive a post-pandemic world.
Stop Worrying About What You Can’t Control
Some of us live with false misconceptions that we are in complete control of our own lives. Unfortunately, there will always be moments and unexpected situations in your life that will teach you otherwise.
Worrying about these unknown situations will only wear you down faster, draining you to the point of exhaustion, or towards an unhealthy mental snapping point. Long after you’ve finally broken out of your funk, that problem may still be there. So learn to let go, and stop being anxious about certain things in life that you simply can’t fix on your own.
Prepare for the Rough Road
Huge obstacles and challenges that we face are put there, not to knock us down or immobilize us, but to make us stronger as human beings. Being caught in the middle of a storm that has you completely blindsided can cause your ship to capsize, flipping your world upside down.
Prepare Ahead of Time
The one and only thing that you really can do is to prepare for these types of situations as best you can ahead of time. Very recently many of us have come to the realization of just how fragile our lives really are. Everything that we depend on and rely on can be taken away from us in only a moment. This past pandemic has reminded us of the importance of having food and other supply preparations set aside for moments of crisis.
Stock Those Pantries
For those of you who already had pantries fully-stocked, it still showed you areas that you could improve upon. Covid-19 may have even caused a few warning bells to start going off, pushing you a step closer to becoming a fully-fledged prepper for worse scenarios that could be on the horizon.
Remember that no matter how hard you prepare for something, it will never be perfect. There will always be things that you didn’t account for. But that’s okay. Which brings me to my next point.
Be Flexible and Adapt
Even with all the preparations that you do take, you also need to develop a spirit of flexibility while you are navigating through hard and difficult times. You’ve got to learn to roll with the punches so that you don’t find yourself knocked out. What you’ve been doing all these years may no longer be enough for you to survive. You’ve got to adapt.
Tough situations may require you to go out and look for a new job, learn a new trade, cut back on careless spending, downsize your living space, or sell some things. These are not easy things to do for most of us, but there may come a point that you have no choice but to minimize your life or step out on a limb with your career. You will also want to work on your problem-solving skills.
Throughout this past pandemic, I hope that you were able to use some of these skills as you were facing its many difficult challenges. If not, then I encourage you to put these traits and skills into practice so that you are prepared for whatever else may come our way. How do you think you will survive in a post-pandemic world? It’s possible to survive and thrive after a pandemic, sometimes you just need the right tools. May God bless this world, Linda.
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