The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine has upended lives and changed the dynamics of work. While this change is an unwelcomed surprise, the pause to daily routines gives time for reflection. Focusing on your health, relationships and career during this slowdown can help you emerge a stronger person.
Though gyms, dance studios and martial arts clubs are closed, and social distancing prevents team sports, a temporary furlough leaves time for improving your health. Sitting down and reviewing your diet is easier, when you’re not rushing to and from work. Fast food isn’t your only option anymore. Also, you can run outside and get your cardio in cleaning up around the house. The shutdown can spark a physical transformation, if you let it. It also gives you an opportunity to appreciate your good health.
If you’re working from home, and you no longer interact with co-workers or clients, you have the time to strengthen relationships with friends and loved ones. Whether it’s over the phone, through a video web conference or a one-on-one visit, you can refocus your time on those closest to you. For example, if you’ve always wanted to get an app installed to video conference with nieces and nephews, now is the time. There has never been a better time to be more grateful for those dearest to you.
There are a number of essential businesses that need help during the pandemic, including roles in health and human services. As such, you have an opportunity to give back to the community supporting front-line workers and those in need. Whether you help deliver food to those that are at risk, or you help stock shelves in local supermarkets, you can help your community. You can even help by staying home and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Showing that you care is patriotic.
Start a New Career
If you’re unhappy with your current occupation, then the COVID-19 shutdown can give you time to reflect on your career. Finding a new purpose through a career change can change the dynamics of your life and give you a new outlook on life. Perhaps real estate and an online real estate license course can give you the impetus needed to achieve your goals. It’s entirely up to you what you want the trajectory of your life to look like.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is a trying and difficult time for many, the opportunity for reflection during this slowdown shouldn’t be wasted. Substantive plans for change can lead to inspiring improvements in your life. Starting a new career and helping the community are just the beginning.