What a Pandemic Teaches About a Simple Life
COVID-19 disrupted daily routines all across the globe, but it has made it possible to reassess how we live. Early on, most of us just tried to wait it out. But as it continues to drag on, many people have simplified their lives. The hope is to improve relationships and get healthier, especially dropping that 15lbs so many put on in 2020.
For example, 59% of fathers said they feel closer to their children as they comply with coronavirus restrictions. That’s according to one survey by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation.
Many fathers also told researchers they want to stay more engaged with their children in the future. Unfortunately, many fathers realize how challenging that will be when they resume commuting and working long hours.
So, is the pandemic helping you and your family to get back to basics? Here are a few tips for enjoying the simple pleasures.
Bonding with Family
Spending time in your bubble both challenges relationships and can strengthen your connections. Kindness and respect go a long way in close quarters.
Do Something Together to Talk More
Starting a conversation from scratch can end up feeling strained and unnatural, like a bad first date in a rom-com. Rewarding conversations start from shared experiences. When you do something together, you have something to talk about. So, cook a meal together. Then share a walk in the park. Dance to the music. Listen to a comedian. Do something together to create a foundation to talk more.
Shared projects also create closeness, too. Build something, clean something or work on a special family project. Put together that furniture that was delivered in the flat box. Then forever, it will be “the bookshelf we made.” Let children contribute to the family with esteem-building tasks.
Enjoy Each Other
There’s nothing like a shared laugh to bring people together. So, find enjoyable activities you can share to build a solid family foundation. Shared video games can create comradery. Board games, crafts and cooking build shared experiences for a lifetime.
The pandemic has hit fitness from all sides. Gym attendance became irregular, and it is hard to get back into the swing of things after letting things lapse.
Now is the time to focus on healthier food choices. As so many routines shift and change, it is ideal for improving cooking and eating patterns. Cooking at home gives you greater control over ingredients and portion sizes. Stock your kitchen with whole foods from your local health food store. Choose healthy fats and proteins like soymilk, flaxseeds, tofu and nuts. Discover the goodness of whole grains like barley, buckwheat, brown rice, bulgur (cracked wheat), oatmeal, and millet. Plan your menus and limit snacking.
Fresh air and green spaces lift your spirits. Walk. Run. Play catch. Frisbee golf! Or sit under a tree (wearing sunscreen) and read that novel you’ve been putting off. Vitamin D from the sun keeps you healthy by boosting your immune system. Because a well boosted immune system is a very good thing right now!
Exercise at Home
If you can make space for cardio and strength training, do. If you can’t dedicate a whole room, look up chair exercises or consider dancing in front of the TV while you watch. Just keep moving!
Safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing by prioritizing sleep, relaxation, enjoyment, and nutrition. Find a way to fit in a massage every few weeks. Discover the benefits of facial rolling to make your face look brighter, and your skin feel firmer. Learn how essential oils delight the senses and support your health. There’s more to self-care than manicures and bubble baths, but have those, too!
Accepting the New World
By accepting that the world is different and learning to thrive in these new times, you can look ahead into a positive future. Make the changes you need to simplify and clarify your objectives, so you and your family can thrive in the (still uncertain) times ahead. You’ve got this!