5 life lessons we will keep with us after the COVID-19 emergency is over.

Coronavirus has already changed the way we live — separating us from loved ones, affecting how we work and bringing everyday life to a halt. But don’t be disheartened. Let’s turn the bad points around and list the life lessons to keep with us after the COVID-19 emergency is over.

Always wash your hands

A major lesson learnt from the coronavirus era has been around washing your hands. Why? The World Health Organization says that cleaning your hands with hand sanitiser or soap and water kills nasty viruses that may be lingering on them. And if you’re looking for a guide to good technique, take a look at this article on Healthline.

You can complete your routine with hand sanitiser to keep germs at bay. A study reported in Pediatrics journal found that hand hygiene routines that included sanitisers meant less respiratory infections and need for antibiotics in children.

Keeping this routine in place will protect you against viruses and bacteria, setting up a great habit for life.

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If you don’t feel well, take a sick day

Gone are the days when we would drag ourselves into work with a heavy cold or worse. The COVID-19 era has taught us that “presenteeism” doesn’t do anyone favours, and if you really value your health and that of your colleagues, you will stay at home to aid your own recovery and stop the spread of infection.

A special report by the Financial Times found that going to work when sick meant that employees took longer to recover, which in turn hit productivity levels. So let’s keep that habit firmly in the past.

Working from home should always be an option

Now that many of us are working from home, we’ve found that we can get on with work more efficiently without the distraction of the office. And it’s good for wellbeing — the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development UK Working Lives Report published in 2019 found that flexible working arrangements, including working from home, enhanced employees’ quality of life without impacting their careers.

Now that we know how much working from home can benefit both employee and employer, why not talk to your manager about carrying on the arrangement once we’re out of crisis? It’s a win-win for everyone.

Learn how to cook

As restaurants shut down, lots of us are learning that cooking is an essential life skill. Not only that, but it’s also a creative talent that you can learn to love. Nurture the buzz you get when you’ve cooked a delicious meal yourself by continuing to grow your culinary skills. Be inspired by social media posts of tempting-looking meals, sign up for classes and enjoy experimenting with different cuisines.

If you’re keen to carry on this life-enhancing habit post-corona, check out this article in HuffPost listing the benefits of home cooking, and with inspirational tips on how to do it more.

Learn how to be alone

In our day-to-day lives, it’s hard to be alone. From our daily commute on crowded journeys and throughout our day, we are surrounded by people — strangers, colleagues, family and friends.

With lockdown now the norm for many of us, we’ve had to learn how to be alone — not easy when we’re used to office banter, partying and all the other social contacts we’ve taken for granted up till now.

Know that this hard lesson has not been in vain. This article in Psychology Today explains the benefits of spending time alone, which can be carried forward as we emerge into the post-corona era.

The takeaway

The take-home message is there are lessons to be learned from any situation in life — even the most negative experiences. Turn this steep learning curve into a positive — the changes we have all had to adopt without warning will set us up for a healthier and happier life.

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