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The New Normal – What COVID-19 Lockdown Has Taught Us

The world we live in today isn’t the same one we lived in only six months ago. A global pandemic happened, and it seems that millions of people from all across the globe have been locked down in their homes for months. Even though it sounds extremely scary, we must say that this lockdown definitely taught us many essential things. A lot of us learned that they don’t need expensive cars and clothes to stay happy – only a roof over their head and warm meals every day. Just keep on reading and you’ll learn what COVID-19 lockdown has taught us. This will help you understand the new normal for the entire world!

We don’t have to travel far to be happy and fulfilled

Yes, traveling halfway across the world and exploring foreign cultures is exciting, but you know what? The ongoing pandemic has taught us that we don’t have to travel far to be happy. The entire world has changed recently, which undoubtedly affected all aspects of our lives. As there are so many restrictions due to the COVID-19 situation, planning trips have become unpredictable and sometimes even impossible. So, it shouldn’t surprise you at all that many people figured out that traveling far is no longer the most satisfying thing in the world. Instead, we’ve learned to cherish small things in life, such as cute family picnics in a local park or visiting a nearby town to explore its beauties. Even a long hike in the forest, far from the city crowd, is now a priceless activity the entire family can take part in. It doesn’t get better than that, right?

Our homes are havens of safety and peace

If we learned one thing during this lockdown, it’s that our homes are havens of safety and peace. Spending time at home often has therapeutic properties. This is particularly true for people who lived hectic lives before the pandemic. They had almost no time to unwind after a long day at work, which completely changed this year since millions of them are working from home. As we’re spending a lot of time in our homes, interior design got more important. This is because an organized and de-cluttered home inspires productivity and creativity. It also makes us feel more comfortable – especially when we finish our work for the day. If you want to relax to the max, turn off your computer, pull down your honeycomb cellular blinds, cozy up on your sofa, and cover yourself with a warm blanket. If that can’t help you relax, we don’t know what can!

We have been taking a lot for granted

Yes, we know that it sounds a bit harsh, but people tend to take a lot of things for granted. Before the pandemic, many men and women were very hard to please. We can freely say that they were ungrateful no matter what they would get. They didn’t respect other people’s efforts to make them happy, bring food to their tables, and provide a roof over their heads. Luckily, this has changed for a lot of them during the COVID-19 lockdown. We suddenly realized that there are homeless people who can’t afford a warm meal and that there are many families who lost their family members due to this horrible disease. Once you think about it and understand how lucky you are to have everything you need – and probably more than that – you’ll finally realize that you already live a fulfilled life!

Our hobbies are true life-savers

When the virus stuck at the beginning of this year, millions of people had to stay at home and practice social distancing. Of course, when you aren’t allowed to go out and pursue your everyday routine, you’re highly likely to turn to other things in order to kill time. Even though it sounds a bit trivial, the fact is that having a hobby has helped millions of people to stay sane during the lockdown. That’s right, which is we have to say that our hobbies are true life-savers. It doesn’t really matter what your hobby is – cooking, painting, creating pottery, reading books, or watching movies – as long as you enjoy it and feel happy while doing it. Even the unusual hobbies, such as cheese-making, trumpeting, and shoe-making will do the trick if that’s what sparks your interest. Just go for whatever you love and you won’t make a mistake!

Our social connections matter more than we could imagine

The last thing we learned during lockdown is that our social connections matter more than we could possibly imagine. This is simply because we had to practice social distancing and stop seeing people we care about. However, nothing could stop us from organizing virtual meetings through apps such as Zoom or Skype. Of course, this isn’t the same as seeing your friends and family members in person and having a face-to-face conversation. But it’s still better than nothing, right? Besides that, many of us learned to differentiate between true friends and fake ones. People who truly care about you would do anything to be present in your life. On the other hand, there are people who are there for you only when good things happen. They are likely to vanish as soon as things get rocky. So, bear that in mind and keep only your real friends close!

 

As you can tell, these hard times really taught us some important life lessons over the past few months. The life we live in today has become our new normal. So, all we can do is adjust to it and embrace those changes as soon as possible. First of all, we learned that we don’t have to travel far to feel happy. Our homes became our havens of safety and peace, whereas we also learned that our hobbies can be true life-savers. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we figure out that we were taking many things for granted, as well as that our social connections matter most. Yes, this was an extremely challenging period in our lives. But hey – at least we learned something useful during it, right?

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by MiannaK

Mianna is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She is a strong believer that both mental and physical fitness go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. Her aim is to inspire people to reach their potential, feel confident and to lead a happy life.

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