Forming new habits during quarantine to say the least has been a useful "break" from the everyday grind of normal life. For myself, I've had more time to reflect and make plans and my biggest splurge on trying things- Food I've never cooked before or food I've never tried before. Grocery shopping has become a new experience for me as well... Finding things on the shelves and actually trying them. Buying things I normally wouldn't buy...
This season has been one of the most terrifying and trying times our nation—and world—has faced in a long time, but it has also taught us a great deal about ourselves. If anything, we’ve learned humans are fiercely resilient and adaptable, but we’ve also gotten to take a look at what’s most important in our individual lives. And, like the old adage says, it’s the little things in life that really matter.
“This experience is making us realize how busy we were before all this began, and it begs us to ask the question, ‘was it all necessarily necessary?’” says Cathleen Swody, PhD, an organizational psychologist and founding partner ofThrive Leadership.
Swody says we are not only being taught to work with more focus and purpose, discovering what is necessary to prioritize—and how to prioritize it—but we are also learning what affects our mood, becoming more in touch with our emotions. She says prioritizing mental health and making meaningful connections with others are valuable skills we need to continue to foster as life eases back to our former definition of “normal.”
Making Time to Foster Our Passions or Learn Something New
Prioritizing Exercise as a Form of Self-Care
Relishing in Life’s Slow but Meaningful Moments
Seeking Quiet in the Chaos
Yeah, it'll be nice to go back to normal but to have some of these habits with me, we won't forget what happened in 2020!