When it comes to habits, cats are probably the original creatures of routine and most don’t take kindly to having that routine disrupted. I love some of the habits I’ve created as a result of Allegra’s routine, especially first thing in the morning: waking up to her eager little face as she waits for me to get her breakfast ready, then sitting with my first cup of coffee and Allegra in my lap as I fully wake up.
But as we fallible humans only know too well, not all habits are good. And most of us also know that changing a long ingrained habit can be pretty tough. Sometimes, it takes a big event, like, say, a pandemic, to shake things up and to make us view our lives and habits through a slightly different lens.
A recent article in the Washington Post explored the topic of pandemic habits and how to keep the good ones and get rid of the bad. It got me thinking about my own habits, and whether any of them have changed as a result of a year of pretty much not going anywhere.
I’ve been pretty lucky that other than some occasional stress eating, I haven’t picked up any really bad habits, but after some reflection, I realized I did pick up a few new habits that I want to carry forward into my post-pandemic life:
- I learned to love to cook and bake. That’s been a real joy to discover, because that wasn’t always the case. As much as I love eating out, I found that I didn’t miss it quite as much as I thought I would.
- I discovered that I have some DIY skills. I painted some furniture and managed to make some minor repairs.
- I have become very picky about how I spend my time. I limit exposure to anything that drains my energy as much as possible, whether that means taking a break from the news, being careful about what shows I chose to watch on TV, or limiting Zoom or video calls (which, while better than nothing, are still only a poor substitute for real human contact.)
I’m currently reading Jen Sincero’s new book, Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick*, and I’m finding it very helpful in terms of learning to look at my habits differently and working on changing the ones that no longer serve me.
Have you developed any new positive habits during the pandemic that you want to keep?
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