5 Pandemic Habits to Keep in 2022

Jan. 20, 2022

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There is no doubt the pandemic has changed much about daily living. One thing we have learned 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. Here are five habits for a healthy new year. 

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. 

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. For advice on how to get started with self-care, read tips from one of our health coaches on how to treat yourself. 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 outside 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. For ideas for exploring our state’s beautiful natural resources, follow 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. 

5. Get rest. 

Sleeping can be one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Be sure you are prioritizing rest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips for getting rest on its sleep hygiene page.*

*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information you may find helpful.

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