These Pandemic-Related Changes Are Worth Keeping Around
Every cloud has a silver lining, and although the pandemic has been one huge, stressful cloud,
it’s no exception. There are ways our society has changed, focuses we’ve shifted, that are
probably for the best. We all know, deep down, that we’ll never fully return to the old normal, but
maybe that’s okay. Maybe we’re working toward something better.
Caregivers in particular have had to rapidly define normalcy. The way we’ve interacted with our
loved ones has had to be more careful, thoughtful. We’ve learned to appreciate communication
and seek connection however we can. Here’s a look at a few more ways COVID-19 has
changed society for the good:
We’re Proud of Where We Live
According to Google Trends, the phrase “DIY” hit its peak search volume in April 2020. After a
few weeks of being stuck at home, we all collectively got the bug to organize, design, and
create. We fought cabin fever by making our cabins as beautiful and pleasant to be in as
Even though we’ve been able to gradually interact with the world again, this urge to make our
homes better has remained. The “Quarantine DIY” has practically become its own meme.
Finding projects around the house has enabled us to discover or reignite hobbies, and has
given us a way to spend our time that’s not wrapped up in social media or streaming services.
We Have More Workplace Independence
Though it may have taken us time to adjust to a remote workflow, now that we have, many
people - and companies - are thriving. Remote work advocates have been trying to convince
people for years now that people can be productive - and indeed, maybe more productive -
while working from home. Now, we’ve finally all seen it for ourselves. The pandemic has
ushered in a whole new world of workplace flexibility and independence.
Moreover, it’s also empowered people to consider starting their own company. After all, running
a home-based business doesn’t seem so wild once you know how to work from home. This is
especially attractive to parents and caregivers, who may be able to manage their workload and
their caregiving duties all at once. Don’t be surprised if you see more consultancies, small
remote businesses, and solopreneurships crop up over the next year or so as people start
striking out on their own.
We Value Self-Care
Many people don’t start really investing in self-care measures until they reach some kind of
breaking point. Although it’s not good that anxiety and stress are so prolific right now, it has
brought self-care into the forefront of our collective consciousness. Caregivers in particular have
had to learn how to keep up their physical and mental health in the face of adversity.
As a result, meditation, nutrition, and exercise have all had a moment. We go outside more now,
acutely aware that sunlight can make or break our moods. We can see, more clearly than ever,
how much of an impact even the littlest choices have on our moods, not to mention our immune
systems. The pandemic has gifted us with the urge to treat ourselves with kindness.
Over the last several months, we have all learned how to make choices on behalf of those
around us. We cheer and clap out of our windows during shift changes to let hospital workers
know we’re grateful. We offer to do grocery runs for high-risk neighbors and loved ones, we
make art kits to hand out at community centers and bagged lunches to distribute via school bus.
We’ve shifted our spending habits in order to support local business owners and keep our
communities solvent. We wear our masks, not because they protect us, but because they
protect those around us.
We have learned, in a very visceral way, the power of caring for one another. If we hold on to
nothing else, let it be the knowledge that we are at our best when we work together, for
everyone’s sake. With luck, that community spirit will carry us into a better tomorrow.