Essential has been one of the key words during the pandemic. Either your job si deemed essential or it isn’t. It also depends on the state you live in. Here in North Carolina, jobs that aren’t necessarily respected or even appreciated were deemed essential. People that work in grocery stores, gas stations, trash pick up workers and so many more were called essential.
For many, this gave them a boost of confidence in their job. Others, well, wanted to know why it took a pandemic to recognize them. For the majority of the population, we realize how “essential” the non-essential jobs are (Hairstylists, barbers especially!).
But it isn’t only occupations that we should deem essential.
Regardless whether you are staying home or still working, you have spent more time with the people in your household than normal. There are no parks to go to, libraries, stores or fun places to visit.
Take advantage of this time to make memories and have true quality time with your family. Our busy day to day lives keep us from spending as much time with our families as we might like. This is a great opportunity to truly learn more about each other and strengthen relationships.
With your children you can play games that will teach you about them. For instance, we enjoy playing Five Crowns. This is a great game for kids to work on their mental math skills. You will be able to see how well your children can add in their heads! Or some great cooperative games for building team work are Forbidden Desert, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Sky. There are games where everyone works together to win (or lose!).
Learn more about each other by each person picking an activity a day. Have the person choose an activity they are an “expert” in so they can teach everyone else about it. This is a great way to learn more about each other’s interests. You just might have a new appreciation for your family members!
Essential Needs and Supplies
I think we can all agree that toilet paper is essential.
But I think we also found that what is important to one household might not be to another. This is a great time to take into account what items your family uses most and needs. It is also a good time to see what items you can really do without and maybe even cut out.
Maybe you realize that you don’t have enough family games or maybe just two player games. Perhaps you found that you enjoy cooking and can cut out some eating out (read: SAVE MONEY). It could be that you need more outside activities for your family.
Money and finances
Yep, it’s a no brainer. Money is essential regardless of the pandemic. With many lay offs, businesses closing and shutting down, people were faced with looking hard at their finances. They had to determine what was essential in their budget. Many cut off subscriptions, gym memberships and eating out.
With stay home orders in place, many realized what exactly they could live without. It is important to use this time to make changes that will allow us to come out ahead. While there may be financial struggles now, it is a great time to work on that budget. Ask yourself what really is essential.
Friends, family and social media
Stay Home orders have put a damper on family gatherings, birthday parties, girls night out, play dates and so many other social functions. For extroverts, this has been very difficult. Zoom has become the hot new platform for all types of gathering. Families are eating together through Zoom, craft nights with friends and even the school system is having meetings through this platform.
Now that social interactions and visits are limited, it really tells you who you miss being around. Children are missing their teachers and friends. Moms are missing their supportive friends. Dads are missing their buddies. But there are some people that you may be re-evaluating your relationship with. In fact, I have a friend that is a florist. Due to COVID-19 many of his bridal clients had to reschedule. He reached out to one such client. She stated that she wouldn’t need to reschedule as the quarantine/stay home made her realize she was happy with just her and her dog.
Perhaps not all relationships will end up this way, but you may have new perspective on the people in your life. Who are really essential?
We don’t know how long we will be living the COVID-19 life. What we do know is that many things are going to change. Business are changing how they do things, schools are changing and society is changing.
We need to take this time and really think about what kind of changes we want to make in our own lives. Let this pandemic show you exactly what is essential in your life and what is not. Better your life. Learn from all that has happened. Be better.