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Valuable Lessons in the Pandemic and How They Can Serve You Long After




There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique and unprecedented event in modern history. It’s no wonder at all that everyone — from governments to businesses to individuals — have been largely unsure of how to deal with it and its repercussions. For this reason, we all learned to take it one day at a time in lockdown, and we are continuing to do so as we ease into life post-quarantine. And no doubt, along the way, we were able to pick up some valuable lessons that not only helped us cope with the situation but also helped us make necessary life changes in response to it — many of which are bound to serve us in the new normal. Here are some of the best ones to keep in mind.

Breathing New Life Into Your Work Life

Without a question, one of the most serious problems brought on by the pandemic was economic in nature. In fact, it wasn’t rare to hear of companies of varying sizes closing shop, as well as people losing their jobs seemingly in the blink of an eye. And if you found yourself in this situation at some point during the pandemic, it can be all too easy to feel helpless at the situation. But the fact is, you are far from helpless, and by taking a step back to look at the bigger picture, you may also find that such an upheaval also brings with it opportunities. Consulting with a life coach can help put things in perspective. Dr. Ally’s expert coaching can guide you to take control of the present so you can follow your passions and shape a more positive future for yourself.

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of exploring a new career, as well as a new way of working that offers you better work-life balance, this can be a truly opportune time to explore online remote work. In fact, it’s easy enough to find remote work in varying fields like accounting, web design, writing, marketing, sales, and countless others through online freelance job boards.

This may be the opportune time to learn new skills that could set you up with a new and exciting career. For example, you could earn an online degree in many different business fields, including marketing, business management, and business administration. A business degree from a credible online institution can be integral to finding work in healthcare, IT, human resources, or marketing.

Making Ingenious Use of Technology

Now, in the same way that it’s a good idea to turn to technology to make a living at this difficult time, it’s just as smart to make great use of it to get a variety of other things done in the age of social distancing. In fact, technology can be a real godsend for those important activities that simply can’t be put off, pandemic, or otherwise.

For instance, perhaps you really need to move homes for whatever reason at this time, so your purchase of a new house just can’t wait. Well, thanks to technology, you don’t have to. In fact, you can go through the home-buying process, even as COVID-19 rages on, by making use of the internet and video conferencing apps to attend virtual open houses and home tours.

Becoming Increasingly Self-Sufficient

How technology is serving us during the pandemic extends even further than helping us work and get things done, as well. In fact, possibly the most important — not to mention, the most amazing — thing that technology brings to the table at this time is how it’s helping people become more self-sufficient by teaching a multitude of useful skills.

Indeed, it has not been unheard of for people coming out of lockdown as cooks and home improvement virtuosos. Not only that, but there are also those who used to rely heavily on the services of fitness trainers, hairdressers, and so many other professionals who are now able to regularly work out at home, cut their own hair, or do their own landscaping.

Indeed, there’s no question that COVID-19 had been a truly disruptive force and that it even remains so, but there’s also no denying its lessons — which, in turn, are already preparing us for potential adversities that life might throw our way in the future. Ultimately, being able to make the most out of lockdown — and continuing to do so in the new normal — is a testament to the beauty of human resilience and ingenuity.

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© 2015 Allycin Powell-Hicks, PhD.