New Habits from COVID-19 and the New Normal

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Apr 13 1:15pm

We are all looking forward to the future and going back to the former way of life that we enjoyed pre-COVID-19. But I’ve been reflecting on some of the adaptations in my behavior and attitude that I’ve been forced to make that I’d actually like to keep when the restrictions are lifted. For example, I intend to continue to wash my hands more diligently and likely more frequently as I’ve been doing these past weeks. I’d also like to retain the slower pace for as long as I’m able. It’s a pleasure to not be rushing around so much. When the busy-ness of life returns, I hope I can continue to insert slow into my day, at least for part of it. I’m planning on appreciating the medical community more (who have made so many sacrifices during this time) rather than criticizing them for what I perceive are their inadequacies.

Is there something you have learned during this time (perhaps a new habit or attitude that you’ve adopted) that you hope to keep doing after the COVID restrictions are lifted?

Thank you for creating this discussion Teresa @hopeful33250. I've always tried to smile and be cheerful when I'm out shopping, walking or anywhere that I don't know people. The COVID-19 restrictions have put a crimp in life as we had been enjoying it and I noticed a lot of people that were outright nasty to store clerks when this started. As it progressed and as I think people realized what a dire situation we are in I've seen a lot of people going the extra mile to help their friends, neighbors and strangers. If I could choose one thing I've learned during this time, it's to be more patient and smile, smile, smile….and say thank you to all of those essential people out there working keeping us alive – from healthcare workers, police, fire departments, city workers, garbage collectors, grocery store clerks, truckers and on and on. So I've learned to smile and say thanks!

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@johnbishop Those are just great, John. I think we have all learned to appreciate each other more, but you said it very well!

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@hopeful33250 I would hope to continue with the TV off all day so I don’t get overwhelmed by “news.” I’d rather listen to music and go for walks.

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@becsbuddy

@hopeful33250 I would hope to continue with the TV off all day so I don’t get overwhelmed by “news.” I’d rather listen to music and go for walks.

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That is a great idea, @becsbuddy. Over the past few months we've depended on TV for information, but it has dominated our thinking and in many ways this has been counterproductive to our well being. Thank you for that!

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@johnbishop

Thank you for creating this discussion Teresa @hopeful33250. I've always tried to smile and be cheerful when I'm out shopping, walking or anywhere that I don't know people. The COVID-19 restrictions have put a crimp in life as we had been enjoying it and I noticed a lot of people that were outright nasty to store clerks when this started. As it progressed and as I think people realized what a dire situation we are in I've seen a lot of people going the extra mile to help their friends, neighbors and strangers. If I could choose one thing I've learned during this time, it's to be more patient and smile, smile, smile….and say thank you to all of those essential people out there working keeping us alive – from healthcare workers, police, fire departments, city workers, garbage collectors, grocery store clerks, truckers and on and on. So I've learned to smile and say thanks!

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Some very good points, John. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would be having these nice conversations with people in stores & such and when they ended and we walked away, I'd ask her, "Who was that?" and she'd answer, "I don't know." Because that's just the way it was back-in-the day in some regions – people were just friendly. Nowadays people are so selfish and just plain mean. I'm nof finding too much 'friendly' in people anywhere around where I live and travel, unfortunately, but once in a while I have an interaction and chit-chat, exchange some pleasantries and it does leave me feeling lifted somewhat. I'm glad you are having a good experience in that dept.

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Thank you so much for printing these comments. Each one has reminded me of the way we all should be when we're out among others. . It never hurts to smile and be courteous and polite to others, even if you don't know them.

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@hopeful33250

That is a great idea, @becsbuddy. Over the past few months we've depended on TV for information, but it has dominated our thinking and in many ways this has been counterproductive to our well being. Thank you for that!

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@hopeful33250 Rarely a reliable source and yes, it is counterproductive. Thank you for saying thus in an appropriate manner.

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@becsbuddy

@hopeful33250 I would hope to continue with the TV off all day so I don’t get overwhelmed by “news.” I’d rather listen to music and go for walks.

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@becsbuddy I do enjoy my walks when possible. I scope the area to avoid other residents spewing the media news. I stay with music. I will admit my humor is lacking for now. I struggle with those being disrespectful of my personal space in the best of times…I cannot find a hazmat suit anywhere that is soundproof!!!

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@johnbishop

Thank you for creating this discussion Teresa @hopeful33250. I've always tried to smile and be cheerful when I'm out shopping, walking or anywhere that I don't know people. The COVID-19 restrictions have put a crimp in life as we had been enjoying it and I noticed a lot of people that were outright nasty to store clerks when this started. As it progressed and as I think people realized what a dire situation we are in I've seen a lot of people going the extra mile to help their friends, neighbors and strangers. If I could choose one thing I've learned during this time, it's to be more patient and smile, smile, smile….and say thank you to all of those essential people out there working keeping us alive – from healthcare workers, police, fire departments, city workers, garbage collectors, grocery store clerks, truckers and on and on. So I've learned to smile and say thanks!

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@johnbishop I have always been one to smile and be helpful when I can. Now I remain in my woman's cave and do not even want to watch the world go by outside. I am appreciative for all that the workers are doing and miss seeing them regularly-for now. I wonder if the workers at the grocery where I shop regularly are okay. Last time I was there the shoppers were wearing masks and being bold and rude. The employees were back to dealing with unappreciative customers. That was 2 weeks ago. I have not been anywhere since then. Now the criminals are those not wearing masks. Yes, the world is upside down-so it seems.

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As time goes by, I find myself struggling to stay positive. Seems my neighbors are the same – on our daily walks we try to stay on pleasant topics, but everyone is anxious because they're far from home and family. We stay busy with home projects, and now mask & surgical cap sewing. Then we sit down (at safe distance) on someone's patio in late afternoon and remind ourselves and each other how fortunate we are that we can get through this together instead of isolated in our homes, and still unable to hug family. Zoom and my phone are my lifelines to home -family, friends, volunteer groups – imagine of this was 50 years ago?
Going to walk now.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay busy!
Sue

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@anonymous160257

Some very good points, John. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would be having these nice conversations with people in stores & such and when they ended and we walked away, I'd ask her, "Who was that?" and she'd answer, "I don't know." Because that's just the way it was back-in-the day in some regions – people were just friendly. Nowadays people are so selfish and just plain mean. I'm nof finding too much 'friendly' in people anywhere around where I live and travel, unfortunately, but once in a while I have an interaction and chit-chat, exchange some pleasantries and it does leave me feeling lifted somewhat. I'm glad you are having a good experience in that dept.

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Yes, @anonymous160257, interactions with people have a lifting experience – no doubt about that. What habit that you developed from COViD-19 that you would like to continue, @anonymous160257?

@sueinmn, you say that you struggle to stay positive. What helps you to get back to positive thoughts?

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@sycamore1209

Thank you so much for printing these comments. Each one has reminded me of the way we all should be when we're out among others. . It never hurts to smile and be courteous and polite to others, even if you don't know them.

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Hi, @sycamore1209, I agree. Smiles and simple courtesy are free and easy to share. We never know the impact they may have on a stranger having a particularly hard day. Reminds me of what our ele. schl prin. said a lfetime ago to our faculty just before the first day of the school year: "Always be kind. You never know what troubles another may have just experienced before meeting him or her" I have never forgotten him nor those words. Smiles are much like other forms of kindness. We never know what ripples of comfort they may unknowingly spread.

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@sueinmn

As time goes by, I find myself struggling to stay positive. Seems my neighbors are the same – on our daily walks we try to stay on pleasant topics, but everyone is anxious because they're far from home and family. We stay busy with home projects, and now mask & surgical cap sewing. Then we sit down (at safe distance) on someone's patio in late afternoon and remind ourselves and each other how fortunate we are that we can get through this together instead of isolated in our homes, and still unable to hug family. Zoom and my phone are my lifelines to home -family, friends, volunteer groups – imagine of this was 50 years ago?
Going to walk now.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay busy!
Sue

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Hi Sue. Are you saying that you go on daily walks with your neighbors? If so, what distance do you keep? Can you converse at that distance? The reason I ask is that I would love to do that too, but have been afraid.

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@parus

@johnbishop I have always been one to smile and be helpful when I can. Now I remain in my woman's cave and do not even want to watch the world go by outside. I am appreciative for all that the workers are doing and miss seeing them regularly-for now. I wonder if the workers at the grocery where I shop regularly are okay. Last time I was there the shoppers were wearing masks and being bold and rude. The employees were back to dealing with unappreciative customers. That was 2 weeks ago. I have not been anywhere since then. Now the criminals are those not wearing masks. Yes, the world is upside down-so it seems.

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Hi, @parus, Interesting how our isolation is causing us to react differently. While I like to smile and be helpful, too, I find not seeing others out and about in my neighborhood distressing. I agree that much of our world is upside down now and am feeling intense anger and frustration that our "esteemed" TX gov is considering "back-to-work-orders" in the next 2 weeks. Our state is reported to have the 10th largest number of virus cases per capita nation-wide and this bloke's "reason" is that "Texans like to work hard". Huh??? Really??? I'm off for another early stress relieving morning walk.

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I can understand your concern as well as your frustration, @fiesty76. Can I assume that walks and smiles might be the habit that you would like to keep after COVID-19 ends?

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