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Life has thrown us all a ton of curve balls over the past few months, and it’s easy to lose sight of normality. Who could have seen this pandemic coming, the fires in Australia, riots, murder hornets, and for my family personally liceageddon?
No matter what is happening in the wider world or personally, taking small steps to get our own life responsibilities in better order can have many benefits. It can make our daily lives run smoother, save us money and give a sense of control back when we most need it. In fact, taking control of your life obligations can be a really positive thing to do during lock down, using the time productively and getting a really good result. Then as the world begins to return to some kind of normality, you’ll be able better to spring back into action knowing that all those tasks are taken care of.
Review Your Finances
Oh, I know. Who wants to do that?! Especially, with some people having waning prospects on the horizon financially, it seems like a daunting or depressing task. Still, it is important to know where you are financially as a baseline of where you want to go or can do financially. Taking the time to revisit your personal budget should be a regular thing, and never more so than at the moment when we have a natural pause in social spending. Taking the time to set up a budget spreadsheet or use an app that lets you track incomings and outgoings easily could get you on a better path – many of us simply aren’t aware of what our money goes on. And when you have a clearer picture of your financial landscape, it’s easier to identify areas where you can save. Whether it’s seeking out a better deal on your mortgage or life insurance, cancelling subscription services that you no longer use or reducing the amount you spend on clothes, you can achieve a lot. Small choices can add up to big differences when you take a systematic approach and lay the foundation for a much brighter financial future.
Schedule In Medical Checkups
As medical care begins to return more to normal conditions, it’s a good time to make sure you have your family’s appointments on your calendar – whether it’s seeing the dentist or even booking to finally get that back pain sorted out. A lot of clinics will provide an online consultation which is a great way to get some initial advice. Try to be as proactive as possible with booking recurring health appointments as little issues can escalate if not attended to properly.
Get On Top Of Home Maintenance
Just like with your health, small issues with your home can spiral if not seen to swiftly. More has been repaired, cleaned, and updated in our home this year than any year since we’ve lived here. We have decluttered, removed carpet in two rooms, painted several rooms, redecorated our living room and dining area, getting a new roof put on literally right now(hail storm damage), and just last yesterday I finished the stairs from being dingy 15 year old carpet to stained wood. So if you have loose roof tiles or leaky guttering, being at home is the perfect time to get it fixed before your house can get water damaged. And it’s also a good time to consider things like power washing your patio or decking, establishing a small vegetable garden or repairing things around the house which have been left unfixed. Repairing and renovating annoying little or big items can give you a big sense of well-being.
Take Charge Of Your Clutter
When our homes are messy and too full of possessions, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed. In fact, a clean and well organized home can be a great way to manage anxiety as well. So start with just a single cupboard or that one drawer where you shove things without a purpose. Be ruthless about throwing items that are broken or no longer work – you’ll feel so much lighter inside without useless items weighing you down and taking up space, plus everyday tasks are much less onerous when you can find what you need quickly. I also find it helpful to have an episode of Hoarders on YouTube while I work. Seriously. When I’m questioning whether or not to keep something or donate it, if that show is playing in the background it helps me remember to let things go! Marie Kondo says make sure what you have sparks joy in your life. If it doesn’t, let it go. Wise words.
It’s crazy times right now and having a calmer mind and feeling peaceful can be a struggle. Keeping on top of these elements in life can help give a sense of normalcy and distraction from all the chaos in the world.
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