As our collective stress and anxiety has reached an unexpected high due to the Coronavirus pandemic, mindfulness practice can actually enable us to cope with it. It can also help us improve our mental health and live more mindfully.
“You don’t know who you are until you’ve faced real adversity.” ~ Dan Gasby
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting many of us with one of the greatest challenges of our lives. While it may be difficult for some of us to deal with, it is during these times that we can learn the most about ourselves, and life in general.
This is a great opportunity to learn some important lessons. Broadly speaking, I think we can learn a balance between independence and interdependence. That is, there are times when we need to take responsibility for our own well-being, and other times when we need to turn to others for help, or when we depend on them and don’t fully realize it.
I also think we can learn some lessons about life in general. There are some subjects we try to avoid thinking about, such as our own mortality, and that of our loved ones. This pandemic is forcing us to confront these issues head-on. Looking at them in a different way may bring us some peace and acceptance.
1. How to Enjoy Life Without Spending Lots of Money
We all like to enjoy life. If we can afford it, we like to travel, eat out, and go out for entertainment. For many of us, enjoying life means spending money. However, under the stay-at-home guidelines, we’re not able to do any of these things. We’re stuck at home trying to figure out how to keep ourselves from getting bored.
There are many things we can do to enjoy our lives without spending a lot of money. The greatest obstacle to doing this is our frame of mind. We think, either consciously or unconsciously, that we need to spend money in order to be happy. The problem with this way of thinking is that our happiness depends on our finances, which can run out.
One way to overcome this way of thinking is to explore your interests. What do you like to do? Maybe you like learning something new, like another language. If you’re stuck at home, you can read, listen to a podcast, or take an online course. Maybe you have an interest that you can turn into a hobby, such as gardening, sewing, or knitting.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take up some form of art, such as music, painting, or writing. Here the goal isn’t necessarily to become an artist, but rather to do something that helps you express yourself, and bring you some form of satisfaction.
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2. How to Live on a Smaller Budget
Some of us may have been hit hard financially. You may have lost your job, and savings are running low. If this is the case with you, there is some good news. You can live on a much smaller budget than you’re used to.
One of the areas where we can save money is on food. You don’t necessarily need to go to a fancy restaurant to eat good food. There are many easy and delicious dishes you can make that are not hard on your budget. What I do is a search on Google for just about any recipe I want. I usually search for “easy __ recipe.”
You can also save money on simple home repairs. I’ve never in my life worked in construction or remodeling, but I’ve learned to make various repairs that don’t take a lot of skill, such as fixing a leaky faucet, changing a lock, replacing blinds, and more. My next project is repairing the vinyl siding on our house that was damaged in a hailstorm.
YouTube has tutorials on just about anything you can think of. If you need to make a repair around the house, watch a couple of tutorials and see if it’s something you can handle. If it’s too complex, dangerous, or you need special equipment, then go to Yelp to find the top companies in your area that can do the work. I’ve found some great companies using this approach, because I can see their ratings and read their reviews.
There is an added benefit to making some of these repairs yourself and/or involving the family. These are valuable skills to have in life, so that you’re not totally helpless and dependent on others.