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Pandemic stress has undeniably changed our lives. Some of these changes have been welcomed, while others are sacrifices we never would have requested. As we continue to navigate this pandemic trauma and stress experienced in our world, we should take inventory of our life changes and the ways we can confidently cope.
If you consider some of the adaptations you have faced due to COVID-19, you may be surprised at the number of ways your life has been influenced by pandemic stress. The following guide from Meditation Life Skills Podcast offers helpful insight for continuing to thrive as the dust continues to settle.
Forced Changes from the pandemic stress
Most of us do not like to be told what to do, but during a pandemic, listening to the experts has been imperative to slow the spread of the virus. This has meant some small inconveniences, such as wearing a mask in public areas and staying six feet apart in stores, and more significant inconveniences such as avoiding social gatherings and being apart from loved ones. Other changes we have faced include having to find new employment because of job loss, working at home with kids in tow, and finding new ways to stay fit and healthy.
We have faced short- and long-term challenges as a result of pandemic stress. Being apart from loved ones and facing economic hardship can cause difficulties now and for years to come. People who have lost loved ones to Covid are forever changed by this virus, as are people who have had the virus and continue to struggle with long-term symptoms.
As difficult as it is, pandemic stress has offered us a glimpse into things that needed to be adjusted. It has offered us perspective. Spending more time with our children at home and slowing down a bit have been positive changes. Increased opportunities for automated work options and telemedicine have been long overdue. People took up meditation for the first time in an effort to cope with the chaos, which served them well during the pandemic and will continue providing the benefits in the long term. Some changes are welcomed and some we’ve chosen.
Changes We Have Chosen
The pandemic has shown us the value of preparation; it has taught us to prioritize safety. Many of us have made decisions to shift to a healthy lifestyle to fend off illness through nutritious food, exercise, and smoking cessation. We have started new hobbies as a result of spending more time at home developed a home office, and learned how to video chat with loved ones.
Some have also taken this time to round out their education by going back to school; it’s not just the kids who have adjusted to studying online. Business degrees offered online allow adult learners to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to lead teams and manage companies big or small.
The great thing about online coursework leading to a business degree, whether it’s a bachelor’s or a master’s (MBA), is that you’re able to study and complete assignments at your own pace and at your own place, whether it’s on the weekend at a coffee shop or at night after working and putting the kids to bed.
An online business degree will set you up for success in fields like healthcare, IT, human resources, marketing, and accounting. Be sure that the program you’re interested in is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the standard that most employers look for.
Coinciding with the idea of getting your business degree, a significant change many people are considering is starting a business. If you are someone who loves the idea of owning a business but has felt hampered by barriers, this may be a good time to give it some serious thought.
COVID-19 and the pandemic stress have turned so much of our world upside down, and many changes have been thrust upon us; maybe some of those barriers to business ownership are not as significant as they once were. Starting your own business may become one of the changes that you reflect upon as positive and worth the struggle.
Making Lemons into Lemonade from Pandemic Stress
Coping with post-pandemic anxiety. If you decide to take the leap and start a business, consider establishing it in a way that protects your assets. Starting a business as a limited liability company (LLC) offers a lot of benefits and advantages, with no risk to your personal assets. Filing as an LLC will enable you to access tax benefits, reduced paperwork, and greater flexibility for your business.
Some new business owners opt to file for LLC status on their own, while others are happy to hire a lawyer to complete the process. Formation services can save you attorney fees and a lot of time. They also know the ins and outs of the process and the individual regulations of each state. If you are starting an LLC, you will have different regulations than someone filing in another state. It is important to know the expectations before moving ahead.
Low self-confidence often hinders us. Imagine if that were no longer a barrier; what would that feel like to step into your confidence and take ownership of your life and your choices? Pandemic stress has impacted us in a variety of ways, but we can opt to make changes that benefit us when we have the confidence to do so.