Chasing Happiness After the Pandemic

The last year and a half has been tough on everyone. Fear of disease or even death, isolation, restrictions, and loss have put an enormous strain on our mental health and happiness.  While the pandemic isn’t over, most of the world is no longer in lockdown. People are venturing out. While the past 18 months were about surviving, now is the time to plan for thriving. Only you can make this happen, though, and this is the opportune moment.

Our goal is to restore our happiness and contentment.  I’ve added more walks to my week with a goal of increasing my time out of the home and increasing my exercise.  For the first time since March 2020, I am going to the Old Time Pottery.  It’s a huge store with home furnishings and home decor.  I used to visit often and walk each and every aisle.  I had fun seeing the latest additions and had a nice walk. I’m now adding it back in my schedule starting this week. I’ll wear a mask and go enjoy the atmosphere.  I’m also going to start going back to thrift stores. I have really missed that.

I suggest that you slowly explore what makes you happy, such as certain people, restaurants, and music. Still be careful and wear a mask but go and enjoy the world. 

 

Here are five simple steps to do it in style.

 

  1. Spend more time with loved ones

 

First and foremost,  we have realized that human interactions hold the key to our ongoing happiness. As such, spending more time with the people who matter most should be our priority. Whether it’s the simple joys of bringing your family closer together through food or booking days out with friends, it doesn’t matter. The opportunity to build magical memories with the best people in your life is the key to regaining a sense of contentment. 

 

Women, Girlfriends, Nature, Walk, Friendship, Together

 

 

Failing to do this is the most common regret shared by people in the modern era. Don’t be one of them.

 

  1. Keep learning new skills

 

As humans, we are naturally designed to strive for better. Learning new and valuable skills is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a better life.  If one thing has been evident in the recent times, it is the fact that we need to be informed in making choices.  A good life skill is a working knowledge of first aid. A standard first aid certification is one of the best solutions for taking care of yourself, your family, and your friends. It equips you to deal with emergencies. Whether it’s a family, friend, or stranger doesn’t matter. 

 

 

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Some new skills can be purely for yourself too. Learning to play an instrument or dance in a certain style are great examples.  Taking a cooking class or joining a hiking group are great examples of learning that add to your life on many dimentions.

 

 

  1. Be a more responsible person

 

Our understanding of the damage we’ve caused to the planet is greater than ever. So, going chemical-free in the garden and reducing your carbon footprint are necessary steps.  (See 5 Reasons To Make Your Garden Organic This Year Plus Resource List  for information for your garden. ) Driving a hybrid, investing in green home tech, and preventing food waste are all good moves. As well as protecting the planet, you can be more responsible by supporting your local community. 

 

Monarch Butterfly, Insect, Bug, Flower, Nature, Natural

 

 

Knowing that you’ve done your bit to build a more positive world is a life-changing thing. The sooner you do it, the sooner the benefits will shine through, 

 

 

  1. Understand stress sources

 

When you are stressed, it has a huge impact on your physical and mental wellness. A deeper understanding of where your stress comes from will help you combat it in style. Money worries are a common cause for concern. So, learning about financial management and using financial management apps to regain control of the situation can be a very wise solution.

 

 

Anxiety, Fear, Stress, Emotion, Wooden, Brown Stress

 

 

Surrounding yourself with negative people is another issue. It’s OK to separate yourself from those individuals. Give yourself permission to be selective in your friendships.  There are always people who like to take more than they give. Forming bad habits will often leave you feeling regretful too.  Learn to seek help from family, friends, or a professional. Sharing and expressing your feelings can be a great release of stress. Seeking help to make those issues a thing of the past can work wonders.

 

 

  1. Invest in the home

 

Given the amount of time spent inside our homes over the past 18 months, you’re probably well aware of its limitations.  Our mindset is influenced by our surroundings. As I discussed in Preparing Your Home For Autumn, fall is definitely a season that brings a sense of hygge to the house. (Hygge  –  Danish concept that cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.)  Whether you get a new cozy throw for the coming cold season, buy a new mattress , buy a new shower head, or declutter your home, you are creating a welcoming, happy environment for you and your family.

 

 

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A happy home environment should also include personal touches that make you remember magical moments in your life. Family photos are the ultimate solution. 

 

 

In conclusion . . .

 

Now is the perfect  time to make changes and develop plans for a happier life.  I wish you love, colorful leaves, fiery sunsets,  and happiness.

 

 

 

Autumn, Leaves, Trees, Path, Trail, Field, Meadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own. Photos via Pixabay

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

6 thoughts to “Chasing Happiness After the Pandemic”

  1. Carol you are totally correct. We have gotten out with some friends for lunch & breakfast, Creating our front flowers garden with some bushes and just about everything. We are still careful but life must still go on. Enjoy life while you still have it.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. I agree – I walked the Pottery Barn this morning and then went to the supermarket for a couple of items. I had fun, stayed safe, and now want to try my favorite thrift stores. I hope you have a good weekend.

  2. Carol,
    Great post and great pointers on reaching out and choosing to be happy regardless if it has to do with the Pandemic or not!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  3. I’ve been doing all these things and yes, it’s good. There is something to the idea of “feeling” normal that is terribly enervating even when you really aren’t in normal mode. To be able to do things you enjoy but cautiously or avoiding crowds gives you that feeling. Maybe dinner with friends, but if you’re not sure if they are fully safe to be around, keeping a bit more space. I still wear my mask in public places with crowds and feel I can move about fairly normally. I’m taking no chances. All of these tips add toward that feeling of normalcy.

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