The pandemic brought about new ways of life that many of us are still adjusting to today. Looking on the bright side, though, not all change is bad. With new routines comes the opportunity for self-improvement. Here are a few habits to take with us into a post-pandemic world—whatever that ends up looking like.
“No” is one of the most powerful words in your vocabulary. It sets healthy boundaries while displaying that you’re an honest and authentic person. When utilizing the power of no, don’t say it with fear. Remember: you’re not hurting anyone’s feelings or missing out on new opportunities. Rather, you’re maintaining your self-worth and protecting your wellbeing. Plus, it’ll allow you to say yes to the things that are more important to you.
Prioritizing solo time
Being alone builds mental strength and helps with self-development. It’s a time to tend to your interests and personal care without thinking you have to appease anyone else. If you’re unsure about your interests, it’s never too late to try something new. Activities like painting and drawing express creativity, even if you’re not a modern Picasso; it’s the simple act of getting your ideas and feelings out onto the page that counts the most. Speaking of feelings, journaling allows for self-reflection and helps clear the mind. And setting a healthy nighttime routine (no devices before bed, eight hours of sleep, no caffeine, a soothing scent) prepares you for a more productive tomorrow.
Spending a lot of time at home often makes you realize just how much stuff you have. And constantly being around clutter can take a toll on your mental health, even if you don’t realize it. Decluttering comes with multiple benefits; not only does it build confidence and self-efficacy, but it also allows your mind to wander and to give you a sense of accomplishment. The quickest way to get started is to face it head-on: play some good music and tackle that to-do list.
Being gentle with yourself
Taking time to honor your strength and worth is important. When you’re gentle with yourself, you are able to recognize that you’re a nuanced, layered, complex human. Give yourself the things you need, forgive yourself for your mistakes, and learn how to cope and improve. Negative what-ifs and worst-case scenarios shouldn’t crowd your mind. Don’t let life happen to you—instead, be inspired to take action.