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Five Meaningful Ways to Recover from the Effects of the Pandemic

Life can trick us into thinking we have too little time to get things done. Advertisers have used every tool at their disposal to trick us into wanting more than we need. This cycle was pushed into overdrive when we were forced to stay in our homes in 2020.

There is no denying the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated several trends. People were already spending more time on hookup apps instead of deepening connections with their neighbors.

In March of 2020 when empty grocery shelves were spreading panic, I had the added worry of a husband with a failing liver. During the pandemic, I spent weeks in hospitals during Covid surges because I wanted to support my partner in any way I could.

The World Health Organization estimated 3 million more deaths than expected in 2020. My husband survived until March of 2022.

We don't have to read the stream of articles in Scientific American telling about how the pandemic changed so many aspects of life to appreciate that there was a definite shift in the years following the lockdowns.

Reviewing the pandemic trends may be enough to heighten anxiety about how there seems to be less time than before. It is easy to get swept up in the frenzy of delivering on impossible performance metrics.

Several workers who made significant life changes during the pandemic face the hardship of navigating the return to office (RTO) policies. Business Insider has maintained a list of corporations with RTO policies.

The RTO trend I describe here affects me personally. I sold my home that was close to the office after my spouse passed away. I did not know that months later, I would be required to commute for up to an hour to and from the office in exchange for not being surrounded by reminders of a 20-year relationship that ended with a painful death.

I plan on fully complying with the RTO policy. At the same time, I will make sure that I do all that I can to keep from being overwhelmed or otherwise suffering from burnout. I engage with my coworkers and bring my whole self to the workplace.

I make time to exercise daily. I have a 30-minute yoga session five days per week. I engage in full-body dumbbell routines twice a week. I make ample use of the local trails. When I go to the office I make use of its fitness facilities.

I prioritize my mental health. After tending to my sick husband throughout the pandemic, my mental resources were stretched beyond their limits. The pain of his loss devastated me. I learned to prioritize getting restorative sleep. I also engage in mindfulness meditation and journaling.

Changes brought on by the pandemic have shifted the world in ways we did not predict. We can do little to control the market-moving influence of corporations and their policies. But we can meet every day as an opportunity to make a positive mark. We can strive to be better than before. We can choose positivity over giving in to the urge to reflect the frustration radiating from every corner of the world.

“I curate social experiences that nurture my spirit.”

I spend time with friends and family. I remain engaged in local and online communities. I make time to enjoy building quality relationships. I prioritize opportunities to be in community.

Suggestions for recovery…

  1. Join a local sports or activity group.

  2. Volunteer for a cause you care about.

  3. Reconnect with old friends.

  4. Spend more time with family (of origin or choice).

  5. Speak to yourself as you would a best friend, with kindness and compassion.

What might be possible for you, if you prioritized your time so you could be more with you and those you love?

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