The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in the so-called new normal, which loosely translates to a new way of doing things and living life.
Under the new normal, people stay home more, spend less time in public places, and limit their activities to the most essential ones to avoid spreading or being infected with the virus. This means that digital activities will gradually become more predominant than face-to-face interactions.
From Adapting to Evolving
While the narrative is mostly focused on “adapting” to the new normal, a lot of people are skipping a subtle yet important step: grieving the “old” normal. We go on living with the (often unconscious) expectation that this is just temporary, that soon we’ll all go back to the old way of doing things. But while vaccines are being developed at record pace, the end is still far from sight, with some experts saying the pandemic will stretch well into 2021.
That’s why SHOOR promotes not just adapting, but realigning one’s lifestyle to the new normal. This means seeing the world in a different light—not merely trying to fit old habits into new formats, but thinking of novel ways to experience the world moving forward. SHOOR empowers Filipinos by providing online experiences that take advantage of the digital medium.
That said, if you’re still not sure how to get started, here are 5 tips to help you ease into the new normal.
1. Spice up your daily (tele)commute
While being stuck in traffic for hours during daily commutes is not a good thing, the truth is it somehow affords you the time to catch up on your favorite shows via your mobile device, make plans for the next day, or even get some nap time.
Now that you are working from home more often, you may want to try incorporating some new rituals into your (tele)commutes. This way, you can continue enjoying the luxury of having recreational or mental breaks every day for a consistent work-life balance.
Here are some ideas to start with:
Go on a bike ride. Use the time to drive around your community or nearby areas to separate yourself from work and appreciate or connect with the world around you. Hop on your bike before clocking in for work or after logging off, whichever works best for you.
Get a pet. Furry friends are like your alarms, possessing quite an amazing sense of time. They give you an excellent reason to take breaks in between your day as they try to fight for your attention whenever they need you to feed them or give them some TLC.
2. Watch movies with friends
Movie theaters also took a blow at the height of the virus outbreak; many are still closed. Today, there are alternative services that let you watch movies, concerts, or TV shows with your friends. It’s like having a theater party with your squad, with each one still getting to chat via text or video, all while the screening takes place in your own homes.
There are also platforms that offer specially curated content like SHOOR’s exclusive online movie screenings or quiz night events — online experiences that are linked to your favorite movies or TV shows, that keep you entertained amidst the pandemic.
3. Up your culinary skills
Craving good food from your favorite restaurant or café? Although you can easily get takeaway food through delivery services, or choose to dine in while observing certain restrictions, homemade dishes are always welcome at the family table.
From YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, you will never run out of food menu ideas that will help you hone your cooking skills. You can even give online food selling a chance to boost your income once you’ve mastered a particular recipe.
4. Start a home garden
A home garden can give you your daily produce of fruits and vegetables, so that you don’t have to go out to buy them. Whether big or small, it’s a great way to practice self-sustainability, healthy living, and eco-friendliness—not to mention it helps keep your hands busy and your mind calm.
For everything else that you cannot get within your own backyard or local community, ecommerce remains one of the most convenient ways to shop. Just know and set your limits, so you don’t fill your cart with non-essential or non-priority items.
Ready for the New Normal
Life as we know it is changing on a whole new level and this trend is likely to continue in the months (or years) to come. There’s a silver lining to all that’s happening, though—the new normal is a reminder of your ability to be the ever creative, resilient, and supportive human being for yourself and for others around you.