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Finding a New Normal – 4 Positives from Staying at Home

The new normal for me doesn’t vary greatly from what my daily life was before. Today I want to focus on some of the positives that’s come out of being home all the time and not really being allowed to leave for anything.

  1. It’s made me feel closer to my friends. I’m someone who deals with quite a bit of social anxiety, so being able to reach out to everyone virtually and not having the pressure of meeting up socially and potentially cancelling those plans has made me much more comfortable on a day-to-day life in reaching out to friends.
  2. I’ve been focusing more on myself. I’m giving less of my time to others, meaning I have more time to focus on what I love doing, being productive, taking care of myself in any way I can. It’s been great having that amount of time.
  3. Learning new things. I don’t mean skills particularly, but when it comes to cooking I was always cooking the same thing, pretty much every week in big batches because I had no energy to focus on cooking or coming up with new ideas, and I kept going back to the same ingredients. Now, being home, I try to vary my diet more (as that’s the only thing going on at home), find new things to cook with the ingredients I have left, and learn new baking recipes. I’m loving this side of things.
  4. Focus on my hobbies. I’ve been very transparent about the fact that, with so much work and little time in my life I tend to not write near as much as I should. It’s very difficult for me to keep up with these hobbies when my mental energy feels drained. So that’s definitely something I’m loving from having more time for myself at home (even if I’m still working).

What are some of the positives you’ve found from staying at home all the time? And, if you’re a key worker, thank you so much!! ❤

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