Akinpelu Babatola
Guest Writer, The Xpress Train

When it comes to global events, there is none quite like the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic has affected us all in one way or the other. From lockdowns to job losses to wearing masks in public, everyone has had to make sacrifices. 

Luckily, things are not completely hopeless. There is the hope of a vaccine on the horizon and countries are putting in more efforts to flatten the curve.  

So what can you do to prepare yourself for life after the Pandemic?

Curious? Well then, let’s get to it.

Continue your education

Don’t stop learning. With the lockdown, you might think there’s no chance to continue with your schooling or work. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The lockdown provides you and me with an opportunity that our regular lifestyles might not have afforded us before the pandemic. Now you can learn more.  

Learn skills, read books online, do just about anything educational. That one passion you had to drop long ago, this is the chance to pick it up once again. 

This extends to your kids too if you have any. Come up with a routine that works for you and your child, hold open and regular conversations with them. Remember to be patient with them.

Take advantage of the current technological trends to teach you and your child something new. You will come out of the pandemic more learned and skilled than you were before.

Start a business

The pandemic has cost millions their jobs. While some companies have workers working from home, others had no choice but to lay off workers.  Sad as that might be, it’s not the end of the road. 

If you have lost your job during this pandemic, or remote work affords you more time now, consider starting a business.

Striking out on your own can be scary, but it is often worth the risk. Take advantage of the skills you have or can easily learn to start a business. It could be something you considered as a hobby or side hustle before.

Whatever it is, now is the time to push for it. Doing this provides you with a source of income as well as, something to do even after the pandemic. 

Take Care of yourself.

The most important person to take care of during this pandemic is you. Take good care of yourself. This isn’t limited to just physical fitness but also mental fitness too. 

Feed yourself with positive thoughts. Don’t let the situation around you overwhelm you and get you down. Instead, take part in activities that give you hope and make you happy.

You need a healthy body and mind to get through this. After this pandemic is over, you will be able to hit the ground running, literally and figuratively. 

Remember not to isolate yourself from everyone. Pick up the phone and call up a friend once a week, have video calls, talk to your loved ones. You, as well as them, need support to get through this.

References

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2020/03/what-to-do-at-home-during-covid-19-pandemic/

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/5-tips-help-keep-children-learning-during-covid-19-pandemic

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/14/heres-how-you-can-make-money-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html