Being locked down for a year, our habits changed dramatically. Some engrained habits were extinguished, and many new habits were formed. For me, going out for a nice dinner every weekend evolved into becoming a more adventurous cook and setting a nice table for dinner. I’ve enjoyed it, and I‘ve saved money. Going forward, I intend to embrace good habits formed during lockdown.
What good habits did you develop during the COVID lockdown?
As we slowly return to our pre-COVID lives, let’s make a conscious decision to hold on to those good habits. Here are a few that many people experienced.
- We found new ways to have fun without spending a lot of money. Vacations were cancelled, dining out decreased, and movie night moved to the couch. We found new ways to entertain ourselves; in many cases we rediscovered more simple, less expensive options to be just as satisfying.
- We began or renewed a commitment to build an emergency reserve of savings. Few could have anticipated what hit us, including the devastating loss of lives and livelihoods. It was a stark reminder of why we all need a safety net in our unpredictable world. Those who were able began saving more of their income for emergencies.
Americans Save Money Like Never Before
By mid-year 2020, American households were putting a record 33.5 percent of monthly income into savings, according to Commerce Department figures. Before the pandemic, that figure was 7.5 percent. Let’s hope they embrace good habits formed during lockdown and continue to save.
- We resolved to stay connected to the people in our lives, through whatever mode available. As social beings, we need other people to survive. The pandemic forced us to step out of our comfort zones to reach out. Many of us learned technology is a great way to connect with the essential people in our lives when we can’t do so in person.
- We learned to focus on self-care. Paying attention to our own wellness is critical. Physical well-being through good nutrition and exercise is important. Protecting our mental and emotional health is vital, as well. Many of us spent more time outdoors, de-stressing and reflecting. Others realized the solace and personal empowerment that comes from reaching out for help during tough times.
Difficult times remind us that we can’t always control the direction life takes. Yet, if we pay attention, such times also help us rediscover what we can control. Embracing that knowledge can have a tremendous impact on our happiness and quality of life, no matter what obstacles arise.