I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started thinking about re-entering the Post COVID world where, hopefully, most of us are fully vaccinated.
And, while some things may feel like they will go “back to the way they were”, well…I just don’t think so. I’ve changed. I bet you have too. I do a lot of things differently now and I’m pretty sure I’m going to take some of this “new way of living” forward past COVID.
How about you? What’s on your list? Here we go…
1. Pare down.
I pared down everything; what I buy, things, clothes, what I wear. Do we really need that whole closet of clothes we mostly don’t wear anyway? Apparently not. I’m down to maybe 7 outfits I love. What else do you need? Also, I don’t know if I’ll ever put on another pair of heels. I’ve been living in my flip flops. It may be hard to go back to real shoes.
2. Workout in my spare bedroom.
Pre COVID, I believed working out could only happen in the gym, outside of a good run or walk. Now? I can sweat up a storm with several different virtual options live or recorded. No excuses now. I can’t ever say…”couldn’t get to the gym”. And working out every day saved my sanity during COVID. Sure, I gained weight like everyone else because the kitchen is always there, right? But, the workouts definitely kept the weight gain within 5 pounds. I’ll take it.
3. Work virtually.
There’s no doubt about it. Virtual meetings save time, gas, money. I was surprised to find out working with clients, or coaching my students virtually can feel intimate and it’s definitely accessible. Running workshops virtually means more people from everywhere can come. Working at home? Yep. Like so many of you, I figured it out. Letting those I supervise work from home? Yep. I see that it gives us all more flexibility and the work gets done.
Am I jones-ing to get back to the office? YES!
But, now, we all know, the virtual world gives us more options. Employers I work with have figured out how to hire and onboard new people virtually. I just ran an entire career fair for 500 people virtually. This is definitely going to stay with us in some hybrid fashion. I’ve learned to do speaking engagements virtually. Honestly, I love a live crowd, but I see where this can still come in handy for the future. If I hadn’t been forced to try all of this out, I’m sure I never would have, so there are plenty of lessons learned here.
4. Avoid the crowds. Buy online.
To tell you the truth, I never liked shopping, but I also didn’t really trust this whole buying online things either…until COVID. Forced to find what I need online and have it delivered to my door within days has changed my whole attitude about it. Again, the time, the gas, the traffic, the parking to shop? I was stunned I could just press a button and have things delivered or even sent back so quickly. SOLD. Sadly, I think many malls will bite the dust unless they become more experiential. We’ll see.
5. Get good sleep.
I’ve discovered two healthy habits during COVID that impact absolutely everything else: sleep and time outside. COVID dreams started impacting my sleep right away this last year and I could see how I could become more fragile, less resilient and more resistant to change when I didn’t have enough sleep. I started guarding it, protecting the hours I needed, watching what went into my head the hour before sleep. Sleep makes everything else possible: creativity, critical thinking, well being. Good sleep is a priority for me now.
6. Get more time outside.
I’ve compared notes with friends about this. It seems spending time outside is critical to feeling good. Fresh air and a long walk can make all the difference in a COVID day. I’ll admit, pre COVID, I spent plenty of office days eating lunch at my desk. No more. There will be outside time, every day no matter what. Being inside all day is imprisoning our souls. We need movement. We need to feel nature, see the sky and trees and sun and rain. We are more balanced and human and kinder and smarter and have a better perspective on our problems and challenges when we sleep enough and when we experience our natural world every day.
Listen, there are plenty of things I’ve been doing, that I’m going to be dropping SO FAST as soon as COVID is over…
like opening the refrigerator a million times a day and looking for the Ben and Jerry’s my husband hid from me in the back of the freezer. Or, binging on 5 seasons of some TV series. Not seeing family and friends? Travel? It’s been the worst.
But, there’s no doubt, I have changed. We have changed, and some things I’m going to dare to do differently from now on.