The Pandemic Habits I Plan to Keep
A majority of people are returning to lifestyles they enjoyed before the pandemic. I’m a little more slow-go. As I reflect on the last two years, I realize the pandemic habits I felt forced to create have helped build a better me.
For starters, I wouldn’t trade my family’s slower paced schedule and extra time spent together for anything. I’ll always cherish the peace of having all of us healthy and safe under one roof. I realize my experience is cloaked in privilege. And with that, I have immense gratitude for the medical professionals and essential workers who kept our world afloat. It was they who sacrificed while many of us retreated to the safety and refuge of our homes.
For the most part, the pandemic well-being habits I implemented were a success. So much so, I’m choosing to keep them.
PANDEMIC HABITS I PLAN TO KEEP
As I learned more about COVID-19, the more dietary changes I made. We learned those with high inflammation suffered far worse consequences when infected. So, I kicked into anti-inflammatory whole foods gear. Breakfast became blueberry smoothies. Lunch and dinner became organic pasture raised/grass-fed protein with avocado and a kiss of honey-dijon salad dressing. It’s rare we all enjoy the same meals, but they’re still requested and on heavy rotation.
Shortly after lockdown, I started drinking Clevr Chai SuperLattes. Chai is my spirit potion, an instant well-being levitator. Clevr SuperLattes are full of healthy adaptogens and probiotics that help manage stress. In addition to Chai, they offer Matcha, Golden Turmeric, Rose Cacao and Coffee SuperLattes. I have a crazy sweet tooth and these SuperLattes are über-indulging. Receive 15% off your Clevr order with code Julie15.
Long before the hoopla, we bought a Peloton. I don’t love fitness, so my Peloton-ing pre-pandemic was sporadic at best. But, keeping inflammation down became the goal. So, I committed to daily twenty-minute rides. I don’t always love it, but I realize I need it. On days I want to switch it up, I opt for a bike ride to the beach or a podcast walk.
I went full-fledged homebody about six years ago. If I’m being honest, politics played a big part. The waning civility began to affect my emotional well-being. Creating a bubble of decorum for my family and self became priority. Besides, when you’re a lone female cohabitating with five males, balancing the testosterone with zen is necessary. I decluttered and donated. And I added cozy blankets, Palo Santo incense and candles. Every room within our home provides the comfort and calm each of us needs.
I’ve been on the comfortable clothing bandwagon since my forties. I hung up the heels and tight-fitters and haven’t looked back. I’ve found no good reason to sacrifice comfort for style. And my pandemic wardrobe of tees, leggings and jeans solidifies this philosophy. The easygoing and laid-back style suits me and it’s here to stay.
I savor solitude. Even as a kid, I needed alone time to recharge every day. Living through a pandemic with three people and two dogs under one roof 24-hours a day… whew, it was a lot for me. After a couple of contentious outbursts, I needed an outlet. So, I set aside twenty minutes each evening to soak in an epsom salt, essential oil and baking soda bath. This draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones and balances pH levels. It’s a meditative anti-inflammatory treat.
Everyone in our family enjoys reading. But, our modern lifestyle often prioritizes productivity over pleasure. By the time we check-off our last to-do, we fall asleep before turning a single page. But, the pandemic habits we’ve created helped bump reading to the top of our lists. Our intention is to read at least twenty minutes per day. Escaping into a good book calms, tills and enriches our mindset.
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“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
We’ve finally transitioned from a pandemic to endemic. But, that doesn’t mean we have to fall in line on the hamster wheel. I’m hellbent on keeping my feel-good pandemic habits. And you should be, too.
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