5 Pandemic Habits to Keep

Jan. 20, 2022

(Updated February 2024)

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There is no doubt the pandemic changed much of our world. One thing we learned from the global crisis is the importance of our overall health. 

In 2020, a BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina health coach shared tips for staying healthy during the early days of the pandemic. Years later, there are still habits that can improve your health post-pandemic.

1. Slow down. 

Remember the early days of the pandemic when much of daily life was shut down? People started spending more time at home with immediate family. Or they spent time in the moment, appreciating every day with loved ones. 

Even as life speeds up or things return to “normal,” take time to pause. Reflect on what you want out of your life. Spend time with the people who matter to you. Take rest days. Say no to obligations that might cause you stress. It is important to remember your priorities even during busy days. This can help you manage stress.

2. Practice self-care. 

During the pandemic, there has been an increased focus on self-care and mental health care. Keep that up by taking time for yourself. Take care of your mind, body and soul. Seek help with mental health care if you need to. Treat yourself every day. Practice mindfulness

One easy thing you can do is disconnect from your electronic devices and spend more time face to face with the people you care about. 

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3. Opt for outside.

Nationally, more people got outside during the pandemic, spending their vacations visiting local, state or national parks. Being outside is proven to have health benefits, so keeping things alfresco is a good goal in your “new normal.” Go for a walk every day to soak up vitamin D. Have a picnic dinner outside. You don’t have to go far to appreciate the outdoors. We have ideas for exploring our state’s beautiful natural resources on our blog.

4. Stay connected. 

The pandemic taught us the importance of personal relationships. Keeping a social outlet is important for mental health. Studies have shown that having friends leads to better health and less stress. Make time to check in on the people you care about. Social media can be great, but it can also be important to limit your time online

5. Get rest. 

Sleeping can be one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Be sure you are prioritizing rest*. 

*This links to a third-party website. The CDC is responsible for the contents and privacy policy on its site. 

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