The pandemic has changed our lives. It has changed how we interact with people, how we shop, and how we become a part of society. Nowadays, many of us are too scared to go out of our homes even if vaccines are now available in the US. The possibility of being infected or infecting other people is just a risk we can’t take. However, this safe-living of ours can be detrimental to our lives.
COVID-19 has left us with many problems aside from the virus itself. Some of these problems come with our new stay-at-home lifestyle. This can be harmful to our growth as individuals and as members of the community. Here are some problems that have made our lives miserable due to the pandemic, alongside ways to solve them.
As human beings, we enjoy our social lives with other people. We enjoy the interaction and sense of belonging. We were used to meeting our friends in malls, parks, and other recreational hubs for many years. We were given a chance to see them physically and interact with them without the need for the virtual world. However, this all changed because of the pandemic.
Social isolation is a growing concern by many individuals in the US. More and more people have become lonelier because of the pandemic. This has led to many cases of depression and anxiety, especially among the younger generation. Addressing this particular problem can be tough when you don’t have the resources for it. But there are ways you can mitigate its effects.
Connecting with Others
One of the best ways to mitigate the effects of social isolation is by building connections with others. This is quite challenging during the pandemic, but it isn’t possible. It’s time for you to start calling your friends and family members and communicate with them three times a week. You can also start finding new friends on social media sites. Some groups are being made by people who feel isolated and by joining these groups you can find friends who understand your current situation.
If you’re having a hard time connecting with others, you’ll have to start practicing self-compassion. Self-compassion is the act of being kinder to yourself. There are many activities you can do to learn this action, such as meditation and self-affirmation. The more you have gained self-compassion, the more you will likely create meaningful relationships with other people.
Lack of Vitamin D
Aside from social isolation, one of the growing problems people have nowadays is the lack of sunlight. The lack of sunlight can lead to detrimental health factors such as skin cancer, osteoporosis, and more. Although taking vitamins is one of the best ways to address this vitamin deficiency, there are other creative ways to address this problem.
One way you can have some Vitamin D in the comfort of your home during this pandemic is to build a sunroom. A sunroom is an area that can use a roof made of clear corrugated polycarbonate sheets. These kinds of roofs can let the natural sunlight in without bringing in its harsh heat. So you can get the necessary vitamin D you need to keep your skin healthy. Furthermore, these rooms are great social areas where you can interact with your family. The natural sunlight also makes it a great place to snap a couple of pictures with your family and friends. There are many benefits to having a sunroom in your home, and your lifestyle will surely be more active because of it.
Eating Healthier and Exercising
More Americans are relying on fast food to keep themselves full of this pandemic. This kind of diet is unhealthy, even if it gives you a feeling of satisfaction. Many Americans have admitted that they have gained some weight because of the pandemic. This growth can pose a serious risk as they make more Americans vulnerable to the virus. Studies have shown that those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop more lethal symptoms of the virus. Those who are obese have a higher chance of dying if they are infected.
Eating healthier food such as organic can help you reduce weight while you are in the comfort of your home. Furthermore, light exercise can also help with reducing weight. You don’t need gym equipment to do light exercise. Walking around your home or jogging right outside your street are good activities you should do every day.
The pandemic is almost at an end as more Americans are becoming vaccinated. However, we shouldn’t be complacent. It’s important that we still follow quarantine protocols and stay in our homes. We can address all the problems we might have by following the simple tips we have listed above. Stay at home and stay safe. We’re almost out of this mess.