It’s undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us in ways that we never could have imagined. Life as we knew it had all but ended, and we’ve been forced to adapt to what is now known as the new normal. Yet we’re already starting to find that there is no dearth to human ingenuity and creativity in the face of this adversity. And with no end to the pandemic just yet, we can only anticipate more in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
Here’s what you can learn—and make use of—so far to make life just a little bit easier in these trying times, and even save a pretty penny while you’re at it.
You do you.
Coping mechanisms vary from person to person, so what may work for some may be completely ineffectual for others. This is why it’s important to remember to embrace the notion of you do you—that is to say, do what feels good, right, and comforting for you at any given moment.
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Additionally, The News Tribune explains that if there’s a silver lining that’s observable in this pandemic, it’s that of empty animal shelters. This is because many have taken to adopting or fostering pets as companions while they’re stuck at home. Science supports that pets can provide emotional support to those in need.
Keeping yourself busy is also another great way to spend time at home. It’s more than wise, therefore, to explore new hobbies that also help fend off anxiety and depression. You can even start a new career by working remotely—not only to keep yourself productive, distracted, and challenged, but also to supplement your income during this financially troubled time. While working, you can also expand your educational background by applying for an online degree program. If you're interested in advancing in the information technology field, for example, you can work on obtaining a master's degree in IT and earn certifications during the program. These can help you stand out in the field and increase your chances of getting a job with a higher salary.
DIY is king.
The pandemic continues to keep many businesses closed. This runs the gamut from fitness centers to restaurants and many others. As a result, almost everyone has been forced to ‘DIY or die,’ if only to maintain a semblance of normalcy.
Thankfully, countless tutorials (often free) on just about everything under the sun have cropped up on the internet, so even the most uninitiated can perform tasks once entrusted to the pros. Case in point, CNET notes DIY haircuts and nail care are now not unheard of, which are great ways to keep up appearances and save money in the process. Ditto with budget-friendly dog grooming, (mostly) free online cooking classes, guided at-home workouts (also free), and many more.
When in need, go online.
Finally, don’t lose sight of the fact that while the pandemic is a pain, it’s been made a lot more bearable—even pleasurable—with technology and the internet. There’s just no dearth of entertainment opportunities that you can find online at any given time, ranging from movie streaming services to downloadable books and music—all of which will only set you back a few dollars to subscribe to, rent, or purchase.
And of course, online shopping is proving to be a real godsend. As you spend more time at home, you can still enjoy a steady supply of goods when you shop online from major retailers like Walmart, Costco, and Walgreens. Best of all, you can stretch your dollars by using promo codes and coupons from many retailers.
Indeed, if there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us, it’s that we, as humans, really do have a great capacity to endure, and we can still experience joy even during the hardest times. Technology and the many affordable resources available to us at present are only serving to add to that. And with that, there’s no doubt we’ll all get out of this stronger and more resilient than before.
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