Moving From Coping to Thriving in the New Year

Happy New Year 2021

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The year 2020 was a huge roller coaster ride. A sudden nationwide pandemic started at the end of 2019 and has drastically changed our day-to-day lives. Covid-19 has changed society, how we work, the economy, family income, and health. Will things ever get back to normal? Will there be a new normal!

COVID isn’t going to go away magically, so we must learn to cope with it. In 2021, we should be hopeful that things will get better. The goal is learning to thrive amid the pandemic. So gear up, and let’s get started! Here are a couple of ways to ease the pandemic’s pressure so that you can have a great new year.

Stay Active  

You can do day-to-day physical activities from the comfort of your home if you’re unable to hit the gym. Walking, jogging, or climbing the stairs are great forms of exercise that you can do anywhere. While exercising, your body releases endorphins, which improves your mood and makes you feel good. Likewise, yoga reduces your stress level and improves the mind-body connection. 

Revisit Old Hobbies or Learn a New One

hobbies such as sewing during covid

The continuous negative news coverage can be a lot to deal with. Staying informed is essential, but binge-watching your favorite news channel is unhealthy. Give yourself a break and tap into your inner creativity.

Connect With Others

Isolating yourself will lead to stress and depression. Connect with your family and friends routinely through video calls, text messages, or emails. Stay engaged and check-in regularly. Don’t let the pandemic ruin your relationships. Be sure to provide regular updates – share your good news as well as your struggles.

Rest and Relax

Don’t stress out over things you have no control over. Go to bed early and get a good night’s rest. Sleep deprivation will wreak havoc on your body. A regular bedtime routine can help with insomnia. Listening to instrumental music, drinking a cup of tea, or taking a nice warm bath can help you relax and sleep better.

Eat Healthy

Fruit market with various colorful fresh fruits and vegetables

Stress can make you crave fast food rather than prepare a healthy meal at home. Don’t fall into the trap of eating junk food while stuck at home. Keep the pantry stocked with healthy snacks. Maintaining a healthy diet will keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Practice Good Hygiene

Follow the CDC’s safety guidelines. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently. If you have kids or grandkids, sanitize their toys and playrooms to keep germs at bay. Practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.

Get Organized

Use this downtime to get organized. Not sure where to start? Tidying Up with Marie Kondo includes some great tips and tricks to clear out the clutter. Then head to your favorite store for some cute storage containers. Doing a little bit at a time will make the task less overwhelming. You and your family will enjoy the new and improved organized space. 

Keep Yourself Engaged and Entertained

After binge-watching everything on cable tv, I broke down and finally got a Netflix membership. Then I went to Target and stocked up on some good old fashioned board games. Some of our favorite games are Scrabble, Jenga, and Mancala. Board games are such a great way to bond and connect with your family. Grab some take-out and turn Friday nights into Family Game Night. 

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