Coronavirus can go, but these changes can stay!

March 2020. The month the world changed. The world we once knew is not coming back. Sometimes in life we can be unfairly pushed into a direction that is not desirable. Change is scary. It has been proven that it is good for some, and bad for others. There will be negative changes that must be adapted to, but for now, let us consider the positives. Let us start there, drown out the negative, and move forward, changed anew, and for the better!

Here are some positive changes that we would like to see stay, when the coronavirus finally leaves:

1) Enjoying the Outdoors

The coronavirus took hold just as the Spring and Summer months were upon us. We can be thankful for that. Imagine being stuck inside during winter for quarantine? It might have made the experience much worse. But I digress. There has been an increased amount of time spent outdoors. This includes playing in the yard, riding bikes outside, going for a walk, going for a run, family time at the state parks. Enjoying the benefits of nature has become a greater priority! Simply put, nature is a cure. The sun provides Vitamin D, and the positive mental improvements from breathing in fresh air improve physical and emotional health. In a world where we have succumbed to great amounts of technology and never-ending television programming and streaming, getting more of nature could not have come at a better time!

2) More Family and Friends Time

There has been an increased amount of time with nuclear families. The world was shocked when we could no longer access family members or friends regularly. It was taken for granted! Being in quarantine forced families to find ways to pass the time. This increased game nights, new activities, and basic normal everyday conversations. Too much technology can be bad, but skype, zoom, face time, cell phones, and social media made it much easier to talk to friends and family. The focal point of a strong family and good friends became inherent once a crisis loomed. Let us keep that value high once we get back to a more normal way of life.

3) Increased Desire to Read and Learn New Skills

Let’s face it, there was a lot of down time! People had to fill the voids. More people turned to books, articles, and online courses to occupy the mind. Some people even had to develop skills for a potential new career! Others had to read and watch videos to learn how to make home improvements or discover a new hobby!

There was a new sense of intrigue and desire to learn. If we are not learning, we are not growing. The wonder of new knowledge is a great motivator. Keep reading, keep learning, get better!

4) People Cooking for Themselves

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