How to Breathe Through 7 COVID-19 Changes
By Jennifer Scott
As a premiere resource for millennials, we get that many young adults are facing some serious changes due to coronavirus. From adapting to restrictions to adjusting to now adjusting to reopenings, it’s been a roller-coaster spring for sure. Of course, some shifts may be easier to manage than others, including these common COVID-19 changes:
Buying Your Dream Home
With so many things uncertain due to COVID-19, it may seem silly to buy a home right now. If you’re in the market for a new home, however, this may in fact be the perfect time to begin looking for your dream home. Interest rates are at record lows, and this means you could end up paying a lot less per month for a new house. If you are worried about COVID risks, you can also turn to online tools throughout the homebuying process, which can include 3D tours and virtual showings.
Selling Your Current Home
Now if you are thinking about selling your home, you may also want to think about listing it sooner rather than later. That’s because despite COVID-19 impacts, buyers are still out searching for their perfect home. So you don’t want to miss out on a hot real estate market! You can also use the same online tools mentioned above to virtually sell your home. Although, you will also want to complete a few staging projects to help your home compete with other listings.
Sprucing Up Your Home
So maybe you’re planning on staying put in your current home. Even so, with more free time on your hands, home improvements may be top of mind. Some simple DIY projects you can use to keep yourself busy and keep your home looking its best include changing out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, upgrading your walls with wallpaper or changing out your light fixtures.
Changing Up Your Career
Another major change people are dealing with right now is career shifts. With so many industries still at a standstill due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are looking for new ways to generate income. If you’re out of work or looking to supplement, online freelance job boards make it easy to find clients and customers in your industry, so you could even think about freelancing as a full-time career. For example, if you are a creative type who has a passion for writing, you could supplement your income with a creative writing gig. There are also jobs for people in law, marketing, engineering, IT; the options are truly limitless.
Evolving Your Existing Career
If you’re still working and happy in your current career field, you could also think about using any extra time you have to polish your skills. Many prestigious colleges are still offering free online courses in subjects like computer science, risk management and design. Another way you can boost your career is by using this time to work on your resume and cover letters.
Boosting Your Remote Work Game
A smaller job change that millions of Americans are dealing with right now is the transition from working in an office to working at home. This transition has become more difficult if you have kids who are out of school and stuck at home as well, but there are ways to find balance. For instance, you could set up a home office to create separation between your work and home life. You can also create a schedule and establish some rules for your family during this time.
Giving Yourself a Brand New Look
Depending on where you live, salons and barbershops may be opening back up. Still, many of these businesses may be operating at reduced capacity for the foreseeable future. If you want a simple change, like new bangs, you also may not have to wait for an appointment to freshen up your look. There are even quite a few tutorials you can follow online. If you want a bigger change, like highlights, you really should wait until you can see a professional.
We’re all trying to deal with a lot of unpredictability right now. However, if there’s one thing that’s certain about life, no matter what, it’s change. So whenever you face shifts in your life, whether trivial or monumental, make sure you have the right resources to adapt and cope.
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