To say that 2020 has been bleak is an understatement, especially now that we have been under community quarantine for almost seven months. And while scientists and medical experts worldwide are doing their best to finding a cure to COVID-19, protecting ourselves from the virus has become our personal responsibility.
Throughout the course of the quarantine period, we’ve learned to adopt various practices that have more or less changed the way we live. From regularly washing our hands to keeping ourselves healthy, these practices have slowly become the everyday habits that we’ve built in this time of a pandemic. (Read: 5 Countries That Successfully Flattened the COVID-19 Curve)
Now, as we wait for COVID-19 to end, My Pope listed five “new normal” habits that we should all keep even when the pandemic is over.
Not only is it good for your skin, but water will also help you function to your full potential every day. Gone are the days that we grab a soda or enjoy the free-flowing coffee at the office pantry. Replace these habits with drinking a glass or two of water and see how your life will transform for the better.
Yes, we promise to hit the gym after holidays every single year, but who really follows through with these plans? With the hectic work schedule, stressful commutes, and lots of socialization, not many of us have the time and energy to exercise. (Read: We Asked a Fitness Coach: What’s the Best Way to Stay Fit at Home?)
But now that we have been on lockdown for n-months and are trying to boost our immune system, people have slowly taken up home workouts. Staying physically active is also a great way to boost endorphins which helps us have a positive outlook in life, so here’s to hoping that the habit sticks even when the pandemic is over!
Wearing Masks When We’re Sick
As COVID-19 was found to be airborne, wearing face masks and face shields in public places have now become mandatory. However, we should treat this habit as us being careful not to spread any kind of illness to others. We know that it’s common courtesy to cover our mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing… but masks are still the best way to stop us from spreading viruses to other people. (Read: LOOK: Nike creates face shields using repurposed sneaker materials)
Cleaning and Disinfection
Now that we’re all being extra careful so as not to catch COVID-19, we’ve learned to clean (thoroughly!) and disinfect each item in our house. This also includes groceries and other deliveries that came from the outside world. But who says keeping our areas clean should only be while we have a pandemic going on? Do not throw your wipes and heavy-duty disinfectants just yet. Make it a habit to have a virus- and germ-free environment all the time.
They say that you only miss something when it’s gone… and when the coronavirus hit the whole world, physical socialization was among those that were suddenly taken away from us. Now, we are isolated from our friends, co-workers, and for some, their families. We clung to the wonders of social media to talk to people and value the time we have spent with them. We’ve learned to care and look out for one another despite the distance. (Read: 5 Ways to Strengthen Relationships While Social Distancing)
And for those who have been stuck at home with their family, the isolation has forced everyone to interact—families talk more, have meals together, and have managed to become more tolerant of one another. Even as the pandemic comes to an end, we must maintain these connections and strive to have more meaningful relationships.