If there’s a bright side out of the pandemic, it’s that it has been a catalyst for change. Already people are recognizing and adapting to new ways of living, working, and just being, which are not only essential in surviving COVID-19, but may even be valuable as we move forward. Let’s take a closer look at the life changes that we have been forced to confront at this dark time in history—and the little pockets of good that resulted out of them.

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Ingenious methods

COVID-19 essentially hit the ‘pause’ button on the entire world, so that everything from industry to education ground to a complete halt almost overnight. Despite this, there are simply things that simply can’t be paused, many of them quite fundamental. For this reason, people have been forced to come up with ingenious ways to work around lockdown restrictions and keep certain essential wheels turning.

A prime example of this is in how people are able to continue to work and run businesses, despite not being allowed to go to their offices, stores, etc. Thanks to a multitude of tech tools, WeLiveSecurity notes a good number of people have been able to work remotely, in the safety and comfort of home, which is truly a testament to the innovation of the age in which we live.

Even home buyers and sellers leveraged these methods, which is a real godsend to those who are unable to shelve plans of moving that may have been in motion long before the pandemic happened. It can even be said that home-buying during COVID-19 is an easy enough matter of going online and touring homes through video chat and 3D walkthroughs and taking part in virtual open houses.

Accessible resources

Speaking of tech, we can thank our lucky stars that we have the full breadth of the internet and its countless resources on just about everything under the sun to see us through the pandemic. Since this started, we’ve been able to stay informed and, by extension, protect ourselves from the virus because of the constant stream of information from myriad websites dedicated for the purpose.

We’ve been able to divert ourselves and stay healthy while in isolation because of these accessible resources, as well. Case in point, streaming apps have been wonderful in keeping us both entertained and informed while on lockdown. And let’s not forget that there’s really no dearth of apps and videos teaching us how to work out, practice yoga, pursue home improvement projects, and even cut our hair. And if you’re looking to eat healthier, The Struggling Vegan has some tasty recipes!

Newfound skills

In that same vein, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’re probably learning a thing or two during the pandemic. Again, with the tools and resources just there for the taking, coupled with copious amounts of free time, sticking close to home proves to be a great opportunity for learning new skills for those who inclined to take advantage.

These are skills that can potentially be invaluable in the new normal, as well—like if you’re exploring a career change. Some people have been inspired by the heroic work being done by doctors and nurses and have chosen to return to school to earn a master’s degree in healthcare or nursing. Fortunately, much of the work can be completed online—perfect in the time of COVID-19. Others are just learning to do something more practical, like learning to sew your own face masks or mix your own hand sanitizer

Indeed, restrictions are being lifted in many areas of the country, but the things we learned and picked up during this time will likely stay with us for life. Change can be scary, yes, but if you ride that wave for the better and increase your self-reliance, there’s no doubt that you’ll come out of it all the richer. Therefore, let the life changes brought on by COVID-19 serve you, now and always.