Adapting to Life Changes Caused by COVID-19


April 27, 2021

By JENNIFER SCOTT (Contributor) - The global pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the way we live and work. The virus continues to test our mental strength and resilience. However, many people have learned to adapt, grow, and thrive in the wake of COVID despite short- and long-term challenges.

WTDN invites you to read on for healthy strategies to adjust to the many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Job loss

Recurring lockdowns, closed borders, and restrictions on how businesses operate resulted in thousands of people losing their jobs or valuable business. The tourism and hospitality sectors took an especially hard hit, and many businesses either closed or are trying to rebuild. Although the economy is sure to bounce back, it doesn’t make life easier for individuals in the short term.

The rise in competition for employment has required many people to find jobs in new ways or create work they can do from home. If your job situation has changed or you’re not sure how to move forward, consider working with a career counselor to find clarity and direction. You may be able to start a home business, freelance, contract, or consult to earn income.

Education

School closures caused by COVID-19 demanded that parents take charge of their children’s education, with little warning or preparation. However, this has led to some positive changes in the way we approach education. Schools, polytechs, and universities had to scramble to put course material online and facilitate distance learning during lockdown.

There are now more online learning opportunities for people who can’t attend in person, such as the parents of young children, those living with disabilities or illnesses, or people who live in rural areas. If you lost your job as a result of COVID-19, want to change careers, or aren’t sure how to reach the next level professionally, consider pursuing an online program. For example, you can learn about accounting, business management, and marketing with an online business degree. 

Travel restrictions

Closed borders are the new normal. Although this keeps us safe and healthy during the pandemic, it can be an emotional strain for people with family overseas. There is no easy way to adapt to being separated from your loved ones, but taking advantage of technology is a start. Video and voice calls are a great way to feel connected while travel is still restricted.

With many international flights still grounded, many people are doing what they can to keep the adventurous spirit alive. Although traveling domestically can’t replace that big overseas trip that got canceled, it’s a great way to get outdoors, scratch the travel itch, and boost your mental health.

Daily life

Lockdown changed the way we eat. Something that used to be simple – going to the supermarket – became a source of stress for many people during lockdown. Would the shelves be restocked while the world shut down? Was it even safe to go out? Some seniors and at-risk individuals avoided the supermarket altogether and instead relied on food delivery.

As difficult as it was, lockdown led to an increased awareness of sustainability and where our food comes from. By necessity, people began to shop locally and prepare more of their own meals. Many of these eating trends are still in place, as people continue to support local businesses and eat sustainably. However, if you found that your eating habits became unhealthy during lockdown and haven’t come right, consider talking to a nutritionist for advice about how to get back on track.

Adapting to big life changes can be tough, especially if those changes were not your choice. However, you have the power to choose how you respond. By taking a proactive approach to your career, choosing healthy habits, and making the most of the unique circumstances that COVID-19 created, you’re in a great position to come back stronger.

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