Quick Tips for Adjusting to the New Normal
Article by Jennifer Scott
It happened: We fell into a pandemic, and now things are completely different. We can’t go back and change the past, but we can adapt. DiscoverDeckers.com looks at some ways life isn’t the same, as well as tips on how to make the most of the new normal.
One of the most prevalent effects of the virus was that barber and beauty shops closed. And even though we can return to getting our regular cut and style, wearing a mask is not exactly an ideal situation for a haircut. Adapt by doing it yourself. Skip the scissors for the kids (hair clippers are best for boys) and use a good hair-cutting mirror if you have to trim long hair. Be prepared for a few minor snafus; start conservatively so that you can pull your hair back to hide a bad cut.
A collective sigh was the sound that could be heard from parents all across the country when it was announced that kids would not go back to school after spring break. Now, most of us are facing having to continue remote-learning as the new school year approaches. It is difficult, no doubt, but with the right technology and a strict education schedule, you can get through even advanced classes from the kitchen table. There are many online tutoring services that can make the process easier, especially if you simply don’t have the patience to teach yourself.
Buying a Home
Like getting the kids back to the books, there are other things in life that can’t wait — buying a home is one of these. If you’re scared of the virus, which most of us are, Redfin recommends doing things like touring remotely and opting to have your realtor offer a video chat instead of immediately going in for your own private tour.
Many of us have been self-isolating since March. This can cause huge problems at home, particularly for families where one spouse stays home and is used to the rest of the family being gone for school and work most of the time. Being stuck at home with your partner can quickly lead to relationship tension, especially if you’re stressed and already aggressive. If you’d rather not break up a beautiful marriage because of a few months of stress and duress, you can seek out couples therapy online to help you identify and rectify financial issues, loss of romance, and substance abuse problems.
Arguably, the best thing to come out of this global crisis is that more people have time for a pet. And this means animal shelters are no longer struggling to find homes for strays. Getting a new dog or cat — especially a puppy or kitten — is a huge responsibility, and it’s one that’s not easy to adapt to. Taking care of a puppy, for example, is a lot like having a new baby, you’ll need to be prepared to spend countless hours feeding them, taking them out to the bathroom, and simply snuggling on them to make them feel safe and secure. You also have to dog-proof your home and teach your children how to respect canine kind.
The pandemic has changed life as we know it. And, chances are, things will never be the same. But we’re strong, and we can adapt. If you’re looking for ways to adjust your routine to handle the way things are, the above tips can help. Ultimately, however, it’s up to you to evaluate your situation and change course as it makes the most sense for you and your family.
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