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How to Flourish as We Emerge From the Pandemic (by Camille Johnson)

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

If you’re like countless other families, the COVID-19 pandemic turned your everyday routines upside down. Maybe you experienced a major change in your job or found out that you needed to relocate to another part of the country. Perhaps you weren’t able to frequent your favourite gym or found it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits.

However you were impacted by the pandemic, you can make the changes work in your favour. Here’s some practical advice for how you and your spouse can set your family up to flourish in the “new normal.”

Navigating Unavoidable Changes

The pandemic forced or encouraged a lot of people to change their line of work. Whether you have suffered a career setback or simply feel the need to pursue a more fulfilling career, now is as good a time as any to make moves. There are many types of jobs that allow you to work from home these days, and you could even start a business within your desired industry without leaving your house. Take account of your interests and skills, and brainstorm jobs and businesses that could add purpose and fulfilment to your life.

If you need to earn a degree to start a new career, this could be the perfect opportunity to enrol in an online program. For example, you could dramatically increase your earning potential with a master’s degree in information technology. Online programs are typically more flexible and affordable than traditional in-person learning.

When you’re ready to start your job search, make sure to update your resume with your newly learned skills. You can use a resume builder online to create an eye-catching resume that details your experience, accomplishments, and proficiencies. Once you’ve chosen a template, edit it with your own background, colours, and photos.

Boosting Your Self-Confidence

You saw fewer people and spent more time at home in the last two years than you ever thought possible. HealthyPlace notes that this can take a toll on your self-confidence, and it’s critical that you take steps to build your self-confidence back up.

One practical way to do that is to invest in looking and feeling your best. Consider your wardrobe; could you do with some improvements? There are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing comfortable clothes without compromising style. Whether you’re looking for new tee shirts, dresses, leggings, or pants, research online for budget-friendly, attractive clothing to boost your self-confidence.

Getting Physical

Fostering your physical health can be another step towards building your confidence. There are more resources than ever before to help you create an at-home exercise regime that sticks. Of course, you can always go running or cycling in your neighbourhood. But you could also access the plethora of online fitness resources like Pilates with Scott where you can sign up for online group or one-on-one classes.

Consider how you can make your home more conducive to your fitness goals. Perhaps you can set up a home gym or yoga space that inspires and equips you to exercise each day. Or maybe you could take your HIIT workouts to the local park. You don’t need a gym to stay healthy in this day and age.

There’s no getting around the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic threw some curveballs our way. But you and your family can flourish for years to come if you learn to roll with the punches. Consider the information and advice above as you figure out how to move forward in the months and years to come, and remain open-minded to other ways you can improve your health, well-being, and future prospects.

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