Post-Pandemic Paradigm Shift

Guest Post: The Post-Pandemic Paradigm Shift

We can learn from the challenges of Covid-19, including healthy changes that can benefit us long-term.

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein.

The pandemic known as Covid-19 that upended our lives proved just how relevant Professor Einstein’s statement was. There was little left of our day-to-day habits that went unchanged, from where and how we shopped and worked, to how we enjoyed entertainment and leisure activities. We began celebrating birthdays via remote-video messaging, and weddings were postponed indefinitely.

We were no longer able to hug each other or visit the sick in the hospitals. We visited our grandparents through the closed windows of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our kitchen table became our children’s classrooms and parents had to find alternate means of care or were forced to stay home, leaving their jobs. And many jobs were lost, like restaurant and retail positions, leaving too many looking for other means of income or temporary assistance from the state.

Some things – many things – will never go back to the way they were, but others are already back or are coming back soon. Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine that brought us powerful vaccines and treatments, we’re beginning to find our way back to a new normal. The U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that jobs are coming back, schools are reopening and playgrounds are again full of active children. In many ways, as professor Pete Alexander explains, we’ve adapted to our new collective lifestyle changes.

How the Office Has Changed

Not all of the changes we were forced to make were negative; some were positive, and we’re choosing now to keep them. We commute less since remote work became more and more the norm, saving time, money, and the environment. Many employers will continue having their employees work from home.

A permanent home office should be as separate from the rest of the living space as possible. They should be comfortable, with good lighting, an ergonomically designed chair, and a sit-stand desk. Decorating with plants adds a nice touch and there are some that adapt well to having less sunlight if the office offers little natural light. Allowing a few small personal electronics to play games on during breaks helps with the feeling of being tied to a chair.

How Jobs Have Changed

FeedbackFruits points out that many people used this time to earn degrees with online classes, honed and improved skills they hadn’t used in a while, and even taught themselves new ones. With all that newfound knowledge, some began turning to entrepreneurship.

How Fitness and Healthcare Choices Changed

When local gyms and rec-centers closed, people moved fitness routines outside. Bikes became scarce as everyone gobbled them up faster than they could be manufactured. Swimming pools were on back-order and swing sets became harder to find. Running and jogging, power walks, and hiking were suddenly the preferred forms of exercise outside. Indoors, we discovered Yoga, Tai Chi, Just Dance, and at home Zumba and Pilates. Most people will continue to augment going to the gym with their new fitness routines, having already made them part of their fitness plan.

Telemedicine also rose to new levels. Largely due to the inconvenience – or in some cases, impossibility – of leaving the house to visit physicians led to many healthcare providers offering telehealth. It became the norm to be able to reach out to healthcare professionals via the internet. And it remains true today that searching for an online therapist has never been easier. In fact, now you’re able to talk with a licensed therapist without leaving the comfort of your home, and you’re able to save time and money in the process.

How Our Way of Eating Has Changed

When restaurants, including those who sell fast food, had to close their doors during the quarantine, we got our groceries delivered and rediscovered our kitchens. We cooked, we baked, and then we baked some more. We started our own vegetable gardens and planted fruit trees.

We started listening to our doctors and other medical experts about how our diet was critical to our overall health in an effort to survive the virus were we to contract it. We brought meals to those who could not go out, and to the health care workers on the front lines at our local hospitals. We formed new, healthier diets and weaned ourselves, to some extent, from the habit of getting our dinners from drive-thru windows.

The Covid-19 pandemic was nothing short of a global tragedy, with far too many sad stories of lost loved ones. But if we can learn from it, if we decide we can and should keep the healthy changes we learned along the way, including embracing how the work environment has changed and using online therapists, it will have had some positive impact after all.

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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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