Good lifestyle adjustments (from the pandemic)

Good lifestyle adjustments (from the pandemic)

What we know right now is that the coronavirus pandemic is still a public health emergency globally and an economic crisis, causing disruption to our daily lives. We have seen many cities around the world going into lockdowns, lifted and back into it again over the past few months. At the same time, layoffs by big and small corporations also continue to be a part of our daily lives as we try to ride out the global recession. Even if a vaccine comes into play in the next few months, it will take a long period of time for the world to return to pre-COVID days. Hence, we need to adapt to the “new normal”.

On the positive side of things, there are a few benefits to working from home and some good lifestyle adjustments we can make as we adapt to this pandemic:

1. Better spending habits

With lesser time spent in offices, people have realised that there are expenses which they can reduce or even omit from their pre-COVID lifestyle. This includes shopping for new clothes which you may (or may not) wear for work, make up and expensive lunches (and / or dinners).

“No spend days” is something we can even boast about to our friends now! These are days in which you did not even spend a single cent; cooking meals yourself and of course, spending zero on transport when you work from home. This habit will surely add to your savings account!

One key lesson you may learn from this pandemic: It’s important to only spend money on the things that really gives you what you need, and not spend on unnecessary things that give you only temporary pleasure.

2. Improved productivity

There are a lot of distractions when you work in a shared office environment. For example, there will be colleagues coming up to you for small chats, ad hoc meetings or even the temperature of the air conditioning being too high / low that may reduce your productivity.

However, working remotely or from home will mean lesser distractions. Depending on your situation, working from home could mean fewer interruptions from colleagues, having scheduled meetings, and you can change up the space to your liking, hence providing a more comfortable working environment.

The way you work can be more streamlined - a meeting may become just an email; and there may be more time for you to plan and prepare what you need before starting out on a task.

3. Healthier lifestyle

This virus has everyone making changes to their daily lives. For example, wearing a mask when running errands, practicing social distancing, washing their hands more often, exercising at home and even switching to a healthier diet. Here are some tips to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy amidst this pandemic:

  1. Keep a simple daily plan to help curb anxiety:
    While you should make yourself comfortable while working from home, make it a point to avoid working from your bed or watching your favourite drama while working and keep to it. Having mini targets / to-do lists as part of your daily plan will help instil a sense of accomplishment and keep anxiety at bay.
  2. Eat healthy and on-time to maintain a proper diet:
    You may notice that working from home could disrupt your eating schedule. When you are in a typical workday, you will often eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day around the same time. But when you are working from home, this may not happen. Hence, it’s important to maintain a proper eating schedule.
  3. Drink lots of water:
    Sometimes when you are so focussed on your work, you may forget to take those necessary sips of water. Drinking enough water will help support your immune system which is vital during this period of time.
  4. Exercise and get enough sleep:
    Establishing an exercise routine is important. It helps to keep your immune system strong and also stimulate your brain and senses. Having enough sleep is also critical to one’s mental and physical health. Do get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

To support a healthier lifestyle, a handy app to download is Pulse by Prudential. It is an AI-powered app that caters to your health and wellness needs. You can get relevant health insights and understand the symptoms you are having if you are feeling unwell. You can even do a virtual consultation with a doctor through the app. You can find out more about the app here:

https://www.prudential.com.sg/wedopulse

Staying at home and other social distancing recommendations may feel like a big shift from life pre-COVID-19, but it is the best way right now to protect ourselves, our family, and friends. While we are getting used to it and working from home, it is important to adapt, stay positive and maintain a healthy lifestyle so that we can get through this pandemic safely.

 

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