If the past month has left you feeling a bit confused with all of the changes going on around you, know that you are not alone! Had someone told you even two months ago that things like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and non-perishable items would be in limited demand in the coming weeks, you would have probably looked at them like they were crazy. However, this has become our current reality and many just want some help and guidance to cope with the new normal we are currently living in. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to best adjust to your current new normal.
Tip #1: Don’t fall into the urge to panic
If you go to the store and see empty shelves or worry you will run out of toilet paper before you are able to get more, just remember this is temporary. The recent panic over this pandemic has caused people to go overboard in terms of what they purchase, leaving our stores to suffer the consequences. However, just remember that in the coming days and weeks, these things will go back to normal and you will be able to access them after the initial panic has calmed down.
Tip #2: Adjust your family to the new normal
Since this temporary new way of life will be one we have to deal with for the coming weeks, the best thing that you can do is create a new routine and what your normal new routine now is for you and your family. Sit down together and establish a schedule for how your days will look. If you have kids, invite them to be a part of the conversation and creation of their daily schedule. Having everyone in the know on what each family members daily routine will look like, will help alleviate much of the frustration that can come from having everyone home at the same time.
Tip #3: Take care of your health (both mental and physical)
Not only from a physical perspective will taking care of your health during this time be important to protect your immune system from this virus, but from a mental standpoint it will be necessary to take care of yourself as well. Turn to the things that bring you comfort during this time. Whether it is attending church online, painting, baking, or getting outdoors when the weather is nice for a walk or even to spend some time in your yard.
Tip #4: Find or create new hobbies or projects
Especially if you are an avid sports lover, now that there are no current sports on the television that you can spend your time watching, you may be left with more time on your hands than you previously had before. Consider finally tackling some of your home projects or organization you never have time to get too. Maybe you have a hobby you love, but just can never find the time to dedicate to it. Now might be the perfect time for you to do these things and make the most of the time you now are spending at home!
You can also do things that are calming, such as read a book, take a bubble bath, or listen to music. There are not many times in life where you are able to truly un-plug from the world and recharge your batteries, and right now might be the perfect time to indulge in just doing that for yourself.
Tip #5: Hold onto normal as much as possible
Think of the normal, day to day things that you did before this pandemic happened and you were forced to be quarantined in your home. Did you take your dog for a walk every evening after you got home from work? Did you drink your coffee while reading the newspaper or having breakfast before work? Did you go for a jog every evening before dinner? Anything in your normal routine that you did prior to this, hold on to that and keep that as part of your daily routine. It will help things seem more normal, even when they aren’t.
Tip #6: Be thankful
Just keep into perspective that everything is temporary. Both the good times and the bad times are short-lived and we all go through different seasons of life. Remember all of the things you can be thankful for during this time. The people around you, the food you eat, your faith and even a roof over your head. Be sure to hold onto a positive attitude and once this is all over, you will be a better and stronger person because of it.
Parry Custom Homes is here for our community and wants to accommodate you the best we can and support our neighbors during this time.