Perhaps you’ve decided to make some changes in your life because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Or maybe you’ve had certain changes forced upon you, and now, you’re just trying to adapt and adjust. Dealing with these changes can be challenging at first, but what if these shifts could benefit you in the long run? Here are a few transitions you may be dealing with right now and how you can handle these events with a positive outlook.
Becoming a Pet Owner
If your time in self-isolation has inspired you to go to the nearest animal shelter and bring home a four-legged friend in need, you’ve probably figured out that training a pet is a lot of work! But when they’re cuddled up next to you at the end of a long day, you’ll be glad you adopted your animal companion. If you’re trying to figure out how to help your pet feel more comfortable in their new home, Cesar’s Way recommends creating a space of their own with a cozy bed where they can relax if they feel overwhelmed.
Trying Fun DIY Projects
If you’ve had to give up some of your hobbies during this pandemic, you may have turned to DIY projects to keep yourself occupied. Whether you’ve started your first garden, cut your own hair, or taken on minor renovation projects around the house, you may have had a lot of questions when you began your DIY endeavors. However, as time goes on, you’ll feel pleased with your results and proud of your self-sufficiency.
Throughout this pandemic, some people have still had to manage an essential business while taking appropriate precautions — certain tasks just can’t be postponed. Maybe you’ve had to travel out of state for work, provide caregiving services for a loved one, or go to the doctor for an urgent medical procedure. Many house hunters have also chosen to continue looking for their new homes, even though they can’t conduct most real estate business in person.
If you’ve been planning to relocate for a while, you don’t have to wait to start searching for your dream home. You can connect with a great real estate agent over email and phone calls, apply for a mortgage from your laptop, and even “tour” homes online. For example, you can view properties with convenient 3D walkthroughs or virtual open houses. Alternatively, you could schedule private video chats with home sellers. This may not be how you envisioned the house-hunting process, but you’ll enjoy less competition with other buyers.
Switching Career Tracks
Managing Life Changes During COVID can be challenging. If your employer dealt with major budget cuts because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might have been furloughed or laid off. If you’ve been thinking about jumping ship for a new job, you finally have the freedom to do so! Building a new career can feel like you’re walking into uncharted territory, but when you’re doing work you love, your job will feel very rewarding.
To decide on your new career path, The Muse recommends getting clear on what you want to do, why you want to do it, and what steps you’ll need to take to achieve it. If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own schedule and being your own boss, working remotely as a freelancer could be the perfect way to start earning income again during the pandemic. Whether you have experience with sales, accounting, blogging, web design, photography, or video editing, you can find clients who need your services through online freelance job boards.
Whether you are about to adopt a pet, buy a home, or start looking for a new job, there’s a good chance that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed your life in some way. As hard as accepting change can be, it’s the only way we grow. If you can let go of your past and look forward to the future, it will be easier to make it through these uncertain times. If you decide that you need someone to talk with, Ocean Vista Counseling has counselors that are available to provide in-person or telehealth appointments.
“Article by Jennifer Scott from Spiritfinder.org”