As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted across Australia, it’s easy to see that we’re still in a unique time of shifting landscapes. Over these last months of isolation, we’ve experienced an unprecedented shift in our ways of life. Pre-corona, who would’ve thought that toilet paper could become an enviable item! As societies and individuals, we’ve each let go of our old ‘normal,’ to now settle into what seems to be the new. So our question to you is: What will your New Normal look like?
There have been many layers of response to COVID-19 including its effects on us physically, mentally and spiritually. As well as the many negative effects, at the same time lock-down was an opportunity to take stock, slow down, and recuperate from our busy lives. It’s been a time to look inward. As we move out of our homes and back into the world, the new landscape brings an opportunity to take the lessons of this time and integrate them into our new lives. We’ve had months to notice what we’ve put on the back burner, and the parts of our own creative expression that are desiring to be expressed. We were shown the value of our connections, and the strength of our relationships.
In a recent interview David Lynch suggested life after the coronavirus outbreak will likely be ‘much more spiritual and much kinder.’
‘[Life after COVID19] is going to bring us all closer together in a really strong and beautiful way. It’s going to be a different world on the other side and it’s going to be a much more intelligent world.’ – David Lynch
To say that the world has changed since COVID-19, would be an understatement. From our education and financial structures, to even sporting and entertainment landscapes – the world is almost unrecognisable. Those little loves like Bunnings sausage sizzles, yoga classes, and chats with hairdressers have all changed form. We’ll have to start to holidaying in our own backyards due to travel restrictions, and (for now) movies or concerts are still only daydreams. Yet, there’s a wonderful trait that we have as humans. We have an amazing ability to adapt… and then we tend to thrive.
Here are a couple of our key tips on creating your ideal New Normal.
Establish a new routine
Creating a routine is one of the best remedies to finding some rhythm and grounding within times of chaos. There’s a high likelihood that you’ve lost your old routine… so it’s time to get creative. Now is the perfect time to start new practices. Why not set the intention to learn a new instrument, do some art, gardening, or get on the mat (or towel) and try out some basic yoga? It’s all about being flexible. Missing your morning ritual of a frothy coffee to kick-start your day? Well, become your own barista! We promise – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the new skills, hobbies and habits you can pick up with simply a little effort and an open mind!
JOURNAL Through your journey
Writing about your experience can absolutely be a cathartic practice, whether it be your thoughts, feelings or what you’ve done that day. We are in such a unique time right now – as well as being therapeutic, it can be a fascinating record to look back on long after COVID-19 has passed. Plus, creating a gratitude journal will help you to stay aware of the beauty that always exists regardless of our circumstances, as long as we look for it. Journalling is a wonderful tool to remain uplifted.
Create a (new) beautiful space
So much of your life has likely been happening between four walls, why not mix it up? Creating designated spaces at home to work or study will help to maintain boundaries between work and play. Plus, our environments often reflect our inner worlds. When we transform ourselves, it’s a wonderful exercise to bring this into our external worlds, through re-decorating. Choose looks that reflect what you love, right now, in this moment. Your tastes might change more than you would think! Then, bask in that sweet, sweet satisfaction of a fresh room.
Give yourself some grace
The new normal can be challenging at times and you are absolutely allowed to take things one moment at a time! We still do not know what the next minute might bring – so (gentle) flexibility is key.
If you’re setting goals for yourself, be realistic and give yourself space to adjust them if needed. You may be feeling grief, frustration, joy and every emotion in between during this time. It’s important to remember we’re currently living in extraordinary times, so please do be kind to yourself and remember, it’s always okay to ask for help.
Nisha is a freelance writer and Vedic astrologer, based in the magical Byron Hinterlands. As well as running her candle business, her life and loves involve: yoga, gardening and all things esoteric. You’ll find her out in nature, or curled up at home with a good book. Happy Buddha is one of her most treasured places on earth (and indeed where she met her fiancé!).