Radyo Natin
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Embracing New Normal: How life has changed due to COVID-19

Nothing is permanent except change itself, cliche it may sound but this line is somehow part of our daily life.
Change can be terrifying. It entails uncertainty, letting go of familiarity, and a sense of control. Adjusting to change can be challenging,be it planned or unplanned, gradual or sudden, change is inevitable and very much part of being human.
COVID-19 has caused a sudden and immediate change in how most of us live our day-to-day lives. More than a year now, we have experienced an unprecedented shift in our way of life due to the pandemic. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. The life that we once took for granted seems like a luxury now.
Even when the government is gradually lifting some restrictions and economy starts up again, there will still be restrictions and we are facing fundamental shifts to our way of life.
So, what are the changes that COVID-19 brought to our lives? Here are some of the things that we need to embrace in the new normal.
1. Wherever you are, you still need to protect yourself against Covid-19
Masks and face shields may be commonplace, depending on where in the world you live. Bringing alcohol with us anywhere we go is a must and washing our hands frequently after touching anything has been a part of our daily hygiene.
2. The way we work and study has changed
Education as we know it has changed. Schools and universities have moved online, some blending face-to-face with online lectures
Conferences will be paused, and international collaborations and sabbaticals now look very different from previous years. Work has also changed due to social distancing. So many of us shifted to working from home to minimize traveling on public transport and gathering in groups at the office. Zoom meetings even became our New Normal. With restrictions easing, we may cautiously rotate back into working at the office in shifts or embrace working from home on a more regular basis.
3. Social distancing, social distancing, social distancing.
No more packing in large crowds when we all have to have a personal bubble of over a meter. We have said goodbye (for now) to attending concerts, plays, movies, festivals, museums, etc., but hopefully, they are able to return soon.
4. Social greetings have morphed.
Gone are the days of greeting friends and extended relatives with handshakes, hugs, and cheek kisses. Friendly gestures like these are now being curbed, to be replaced by elbow bumps and foot-shakes, or waves from a social distance.
5. We do a double-take when we hear someone cough, sneeze, or sniffle.
We've been conditioned these past few months to be hypervigilant for these symptoms, but hopefully, this might also mean that higher standards of hand and personal hygiene will continue.
The New Normal can be challenging at times, so celebrate anything that puts a smile on your face, large or small.
As scary as it seems, change is necessary for growth. It is very human to miss the old ways, and as with any change, it's easy to feel a sense of loss. It's more important than ever to acknowledge the challenges and difficulties that we face in light of COVID-19.
Let us just think that COVID-19 pandemic is just the universe's way of getting us to look within and identify what needs to change in our lives. Keep in mind to always look forward with a positive mindset! (FCSC)

Last Modified: 2021-Sep-17 18.18.54 UTC+0800