Ways to Survive This Strange 2020 Winter Season

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This is a weird time for people everywhere because of the pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout. Whether you’re a single parent or have a big family, the stress of raising children has been heavily compounded by COVID-19. 

However, just because life is tough right now doesn’t mean you can’t take positive steps to improve your life. In fact, since winter is here and most health officials advise people to socially distance, this may be an ideal time to take on some of those big life projects you’ve put off for so long.

Get your finances in order

This is a particularly precarious time for people economically. A lot of Americans have lost work due to the pandemic and that makes it difficult to plan for the future. Some citizens need financial help and the government stimulus package has been insufficient. 

Fortunately, there are other options for families who need quick funding in the event of a car accident, injury, or other destabilizing events.

Emergency installment loans are available for people who need help making mortgage payments or credit card repayment. There are even emergency loans for people with bad credit, which can be a lifesaver in some cases.

Do home repairs and upgrades

Years can go by without people following through on the home renovation plans.

It’s very easy to procrastinate something that requires a great deal of money and effort. But if you’re planning to upgrade your home to increase its market value or just make your living situation better, this is a great time to do it.

The pandemic has insulated many of us in our homes, which means that you’re spending a lot of time there and that affects your mindset. If you’re stressed or unhappy, try redesigning or renovating some of your rooms to see if it makes you feel better. You’d be surprised what a home redesign can do for your day to day well-being.

Get closer with your family

Any time is a good time to strengthen your family bonds.

The pandemic has presented us with an unexpected opportunity to get closer with our family members and friends. While it may be taxing to spend every waking moment with your kids (since many schools aren’t open yet), there could come a time in your life when you actually look back on this time and realize you experienced many precious moments. 

Another aspect of family to think about is the people you can’t visit due to the pandemic.

Many of us have elderly, senior parents who may need help and need to be quarantined from potential infected sources. This makes the upcoming holiday season especially complicated. Fortunately, we have streaming video platforms that can make your family whole again with the click of a button. 

Work on your mental health

Mental health awareness is one of the biggest positive trends to come out of this pandemic, as more and more people realize what a profoundly important aspect of life it is.

Now that many of us are physically isolated from each other and unable to visit family and friends, it’s critical that we learn to take care of our emotional and psychological framework.

Mental health used to be an issue that people shied away from and didn’t really talk about, but that’s changing.

More and more healthcare professionals and therapists are offering remote therapy during this period of time and this will likely translate into better remote therapy in the future.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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