Developing an Unconventional Way of Living amid a Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives, from the way we work, spend time with our loved ones, meet new people, and so on. Since going outdoors is no longer advisable, many of us have no choice but to stay home. This is why others are now finding it hard to maintain a sense of connection with the real world.

Fortunately, with the help of technology, particularly the Internet and social media, it is already becoming easier to somehow continue with our usual activities. But despite the presence of such advancements, one may still feel as if they are living a repetitive lifestyle. Of course, even if you have access to the things and information that you may need daily, it will not change the fact that you are always in the same place throughout the day, following the same routine. So what changes can one make to improve their way of living?

Be More Innovative

Going out of one’s comfort zone allows them to discover new things and try out new experiences. But due to the current situation, our options are now becoming limited. However, it will not be ideal to dwell on the negative side because this may only lead to missed opportunities. Instead, you should choose to make some adjustments as you go along.

For instance, you were planning an out-of-town trip for the holidays. But since traveling already comes with many risks, you may want to opt for something a bit simpler instead. You could take the time to walk around your neighborhood and plan out a new route for your next jog. In that way, you will still get to have a change of scenery every once in a while.

If you love going on food trips and trying out different kinds of cuisines, then there is still a way for you to bring the experience home as well. Nowadays, many individuals are deciding to test their creativity in the kitchen, whether by following recipes online or coming up with something of their own. Not only will this help you save more money and make healthier decisions, but it could also improve your mood and mental well-being in the long run.

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Enhance Your Surroundings

Since your home is now the place where you go about most parts of your day, enhancing its overall appearance should also be one of your priorities. Of course, it would be ideal to stay in an environment that can promote healing and comfort, especially during these times.

So, one can start by going over their furniture, from the couch, bed, dining chairs, etc. But aside from considering buying a softer mattress or new pillows, you may want to switch up the style as well. For instance, you can incorporate soft shades of pink along with brighter tones, such as orange or lemon yellow, in your living room or kitchen to give off a more vibrant and energetic vibe.

As for the bedroom, one can opt to include cool colors, such as blue or lavender, since these can help provide a calming effect, making it easier to get a good night’s rest. To bring a touch of nature indoors, you can place different kinds of plants as well. In a way, this could also improve the air quality around your house, which is essential at present.

If you are working from home, it would also be wise to invest in the proper equipment and spend more time designing a layout that could inspire productivity, whether by adding a standing desk, letting some natural light in, buying an ergonomic chair, and the like.

But along with making some changes, one should know that they have the freedom to add whatever they would like. Especially if you have already been staying in the same property for years, your home is now somehow an extension of yourself.

So, instead of solely focusing on what the trends are nowadays when it comes to home decorating, it may also be better to follow your own instincts from time to time. You can choose to hang pictures and paintings or even place stickers on your to-do board. With the help of online shopping, one can now easily purchase items from novelty shops as well.

Create a Unique Experience

Aside from having an established daily routine, it would still be ideal for one to let loose and enjoy life every once in a while. But due to the ongoing pandemic, new things and experiences are becoming a bit harder to attain. However, there are still many ways for you to make the most out of the situation.

Whether by simply exploring a new route around your neighborhood or trying out a new dish in the kitchen, doing these can already be enough to enhance one’s adventurous and creative side. And when it comes to your surroundings at home, you should not hesitate to make some changes or additions as well. Since it is also an extension of yourself, you should capitalize on your freedom as much as possible.

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