COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on the world during the past two months. It feels like the United States as a whole pressed the pause button as nearly every state in the nation issued stay-at-home orders. The coronavirus pandemic altered every aspect of life from work to exercise, school to social life.
Governors hoped the stay-at-home orders would help minimize the spread of the virus. Often referred to as “flattening the curve”, they aimed to limit the number of cases to avoid overloading the healthcare systems.
Those orders encouraged people to only leave the house to pick up groceries or medications, or if they work at an essential business. The catchphrase “Stay home, stay safe!” became a nationwide motto. People found themselves trying to occupy their newfound hours at home.
Now in the first week of May, more than 6 weeks after the initial orders, 19 states loosened their restrictions. Things aren’t immediately going back to the way they were before, though. It’s going to take time to learn to adjust to post-pandemic life in many different areas. And that six-foot distance is still recommended in the meantime.
Employment took one of the biggest hits as a result of COVID-19. More than 3 million Americans applied for unemployment after losing their jobs, setting a monumental record. Others who were fortunate enough to keep their employment found themselves working from home in order to limit outside contact.
It’s still been business as usual for essential workers, such as grocery store clerks, medical personnel, and first responders. Although there are some noticeable shifts to the way the days now go, they’re still expected to show up for work.
Whether you lost your job, are working from home, or are an essential worker, there will undoubtedly be some lasting changes to life after the pandemic. In Georgia, for example, workers are allowed back to work but undergo fever screenings before their shifts start.
Companies that insisted their employees come into the office have seen that it’s possible for people to effectively work from home. The changes you’ve seen at essential workplaces will likely remain during the upcoming months. Whether your job was impacted directly or not, the changes are sure to affect you in at least some way.
You weren’t alone if one of the first things you worried about was how to socialize while social distancing. Places where you could usually gather with friends like bars, restaurants, or concerts closed or were canceled. You’ve had to isolate yourself from friends and family during one of the most challenging collective experiences in the past decade.
Thankfully video chat software programs like Facetime, Zoom, and Skype stepped in to keep you connected while at home. Many families organized a weekly family video call to stay close to one another while physically separate. Friends “met up” for evening drinks while sitting in front of their cameras.
Public socializing will slowly make a return in those 19 states choosing to lessen their restrictions. For example, restaurants in Alaska are allowed to open up again during the next few weeks but under specific circumstances. Seating must be on a reservation-only basis and they can only operate at a quarter of their normal capacity.
People will likely be more cautious about getting close to or coming into contact with one another. Establishments will need to adhere to the guidelines proposed by their respective states. Even with these new precautions, you’ll get to spend time with your family and friends in person again at some point.
Gyms and Exercise
Going to the gym and other forms of exercise are an important way for many people to maintain their mental wellbeing. If exercise is a regular part of your life, you’re likely feeling the impact of the nationwide gym closures. Gyms, exercise clubs, and other fitness facilities aren’t likely to open up until there is a better grip on the problem.
It’s important for you to find ways to incorporate fitness into your life even before the gym opens up again. You might have to adjust to life after COVID-19 without the aid of your go-to fitness choice, whether it’s lifting weights, spin class, or yoga.
Instead of relying on public clubs to get your exercise, you can find thousands of home workout resources online. There are countless videos, blog posts, e-books, and more on everything from guided yoga classes to bodyweight circuits and anything in between.
If you’ve noticed that the social distancing and isolation caused by the coronavirus has affected your mental health, you aren’t alone. Humans aren’t meant to spend extended amounts of time on their own. Even though you can stay connected through video chats and social media, electronic communication can’t replace real human contact.
Depression and anxiety are two common side effects of extended isolation. Adjusting to life after the pandemic might include working on the ways it impacted your mental health. You might want to seek help from a therapist or a life coach who can help you.
You might also find these options beneficial if you experienced a life-altering event during the last few weeks. Life didn’t stop happening just because social distancing was in place. You might have been laid off, lost a loved one, or had someone close to you who got sick. It isn’t easy to deal with experiences like these in isolation. Thankfully you have different options available to help whether your state lifted lockdown restrictions yet or not. You don’t have to deal with adjusting to post-pandemic life on your own. For example, you can schedule a free video consultation with MindBodyBuild to start out on your journey of healing today!