Back to normal?
Getting close(r) with practical tips
DEREK HARTLEY | OCTOBER 1, 2020
In a year where the unexpected has become, well, expected, one thing we’ve consistently heard is some variation of the phrase “when things get back to normal...”
As summer turns to fall and we prepare for the upcoming winter, the one thing we are very sure of is that getting back to ‘normal’ will look different for everyone, happen at your own pace, and inevitably come with some surprises and setbacks.
We can’t predict the future, but we are experts in being practically preparing, so we’ve rounded up a few of our best tips to help you navigate the next several months --
Get Local Information
In our global news environment, it’s easy to get swept up in huge numbers and overwhelming stories. Keep an eye on how things are in your area. Local news stations, the health department or even local officials like the mayor are most likely sharing more relevant information for your area -- check it out!
Have the right tools
By now you know what the ‘new essentials’ are. Face masks, hand sanitizer, surface disinfectant wipes and tissues are precious commodities. Without panic buying or hoarding, make sure you are able to keep a regular supply of these key items, especially through the winter months.
Because we know how annoying it can be to continually check stock at the store, we recently introduced our Everyday Sanitizer Set. It’s got an affordable individual supply of the core essentials in a convenient pack that you can even have it delivered regularly to your home with a money-saving subscription. So convenient you’ll want one for your purse, the car, and for each family member.
You don’t have to cancel everything
It’s easy to feel like you simply can’t do anything, but sometimes all you need to do is tweak your plans slightly to maintain a sense of normalcy while remaining responsible.
Missing movie night? Set up a projector and a sheet in the backyard and enjoy! Keep things small, manageable, and preferably outdoors so you can feel confident about a get-together, but be mentally prepared that the cooler weather may limit some of the alternatives and virtual options are easier than ever.
Schedule Something to Look Forward To
Start small. Schedule little things to look forward to like hikes or special family dinners. Ready to go big? Take a leap and start planning that dream vacation you’ve always wanted. It also doesn’t hurt to keep in mind those longer-term plans like weddings, graduations, or birthdays that we all hope to be celebrating together again, soon!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help (or offer it!)
We’ve all made drastic changes to our routines and you should expect a long adjustment period. Having work and school from home without our normal respites of date night, concerts, or vacations can be draining.
Don’t be afraid to tap into the support of your family, friends, or neighbors when you need it. You’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help when asked and how much better things feel when you aren’t doing it alone. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to offer help to that network, too! We are all developing different strengths during this time and you could really make someone’s day with a small act of kindness.
It’s easy to feel defeated when your Zoom meeting gets interrupted for the third time or you finally have to cancel something, but don’t let it discourage you! Balance those moments with any silver linings you’ve noticed like spending more time with your family, getting outdoors more, or enjoying a new hobby.
How’s your new normal going? Drop us a note on Instagram or Facebook with your tips!