We’ve been out of lockdown for a while, but you might only just be settling back into your routine now, whatever that looks like for you and your family. Now’s the time to be thinking about what you want your ‘new normal’ to look like – are there things from lockdown that you want to bring into your daily routine? Or are there things you’ve found that you don’t really want in your life anymore? Here are some great thought-starters to help you create your new normal.
Get some fresh air
If you think back to the lockdown when one of the only ways you could get out of the house was to go for a walk or head to the park, maybe that’s something you could bring into your daily routine now if you haven’t already. It’s so good for your physical and mental health to get your blood pumping and breathe in fresh air – even if you just head out for a light walk every day, it will do wonders for your overall health.
Spend time with family
Spending more time with your family would have been an interesting experience, whether you were engaging well together or learning new levels of patience! Perhaps now that everything is back to some semblance of normal, you’ll want to prioritise your family time. You could have a regular family movie night, or have the kids help you make dinner a couple of nights a week. Although you’re all likely back at work and school, it’s a good idea to make time for each other as a family.
Check out your own backyard
If you’re a seasoned traveller, this time is going to be especially frustrating when all you want to do is get out and see the world. But remember that we have our own wonderful world right here in New Zealand. By arranging some domestic travel around NZ, you’re not only getting in some new sights and a bit of a break, you’re also supporting our incredibly hard-working local businesses.
Check in with your money
This entire period has definitely made us all think a bit more about our money and where we would like to be spending it. Whether you managed to save a lot during lockdown, or money was scarce, it’s important to make sure you go forward with a plan for what you want your finances to look like now and in the future. Do you want to focus more on building an emergency fund? Are you thinking more about the kind of insurance cover your family has?
Set some goals
These goals don’t have to be money-related, but setting goals is a great way to prioritise what you want to achieve and how you’ll get there. If you want to exercise more, make it a goal to get out for a run or head to the gym on certain days of the week. If you want to have a better work-life balance, check in with your employer and see if you can work from home more often. This is where you get to redesign your life and how you want it to be.