Life After Lockdown: How to Regain Balance and Build New, Healthier Habits
Life as we knew it changed forever and will likely never be the same again. Change is inevitable, but when it’s on a global level, it’s time to start looking for the silver linings.
Spending so much time at home is a new experience for a lot of people, but if anything good comes from being in lockdown, it’s to regain the balance we have lost.
Now is the best time to reevaluate your life goals, old patterns, priorities, and relationships, and learn something from the situation we’re all in right now.
Here are a few tips on how to find balance again, build new habits, and start fresh after lockdown.
Eat Food That’ll Boost Your Immunity
With so much free time on our hands during lockdown, many of us started experimenting in the kitchen a bit more. From finding new favorite dishes to baking breads and cookies, it’s all fun until you realize what a difference healthy food makes to your fitness and wellbeing.
If you didn’t pay much attention to what you ate before lockdown, now is a great time to develop a healthy, nurturing relationship with food. For starters, make a list of healthy, unprocessed, nutrient-rich food items that boost your immunity and energy levels.
Then, instead of going to a supermarket, try to buy food from your local farmer’s market or family farms in your area. Aim for organic food whenever you can or better yet, start growing your own fruits and veggies at home or in your backyard.
Spend More Time in Nature
After so much time spent at home, everyone starts craving fresh air, long walks, peace and quiet away from the crowds, and a little time off from the stress. After lockdown, aim to spend at least a few hours in nature enjoying the sunshine at a slower, more relaxed pace.
Explore a nearby forest, hiking trail, beach, meadow, or camping site. You can start going on short road trips for the weekend and visit a different place every time. Nature has the power to heal, nurture, and soothe, and all you have to do is sit by the water and breathe.
Create Completely New Habits
For some people, lockdown will be the spark that ignites a total transformation of mind, body, and spirit. For others, it might trigger old patterns or unhelpful habits that continue even after lockdown.
The key to regaining balance and building a new ‘you’ for the ‘new world’ is to pay attention to your emotions and the signs your body sends.
Start by making a detailed wellness plan and actually follow it. Overhaul your diet. Start an exercise or yoga routine. Start getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. Develop a new morning and bedtime routine.
Start drinking a different type of coffee. Declutter your entire house and life. Read more books and spend less time in front of a screen. The possibilities are endless.
Rearrange Your Priorities
On a global level, lockdown affected the economy, finances, and livelihood of millions of people, forcing businesses to shut down and fire their workers.
This widespread stress, panic, and anxiety caused many people to think about the life they’ve led so far and how perishable and fragile it all is. This is not a bad thing; in fact, you can decide to see it as a chance to rearrange your priorities in all areas of your life.
After lockdown, it’ll take some time for the economy and life to bounce back to ‘normal’ as much as possible, but this could spark a desire for a new beginning.
You can use the free time in lockdown to learn new skills, start doing something you’ve always wanted, and even freshen up your resume to start looking for a new job if you were let go.
Take Self-Care Seriously
Putting other people first or giving all your energy and time to your job might have served you before lockdown. However, life after a global pandemic will make people reconsider how they spend their time, who they spend it with, and realize how little time they spent on and with themselves.
Lockdown is the best time to start taking self-care seriously. This includes not just bubble baths and face masks, but also taking care of your emotional needs and physical and emotional health.
Detox your body and mind from bad energy, bad food, and bad relationships and develop a new perspective on life. You spend the most time in your life with yourself, so it’s high time you took your own wellbeing seriously.
Finally Do What You Love
If you’re stuck in a job, relationship, place, or situation you’re not happy in, decide to change this by finally starting to do what you love. Take a good look at your life before lockdown and analyze the areas that weren’t making your heart happy.
Start making plans for your new life after lockdown, even though there’s no guarantee they’ll come to fruition. Align your wishes with your newly found sense of what makes you happy. If you’ve dreamt about moving away from the city, start thinking of ways you could do that and still have an income.
If you wanted to write a book, record a song, travel somewhere new, or make new friendships that’ll fit your personality, think of the steps you could take for these goals.
If you want to start gardening but don’t have a backyard, start a small garden on your balcony or kitchen. It’s easy doing what you love when you have no excuses or distractions.
How Will You Transform Your Life and Priorities After Lockdown?
Whether you decide to create new, healthier habits or start living in a completely different way than before, regaining balance after lockdown is about building a better, happier, more intentional life for yourself.
Frosina A. Ivanovic is a content marketing specialist and writer. She’s passionate about quality coffee, travel, wellness, and digital marketing. You can connect with Frosina on LinkedIn.