Mindset/Strenghts Personal Growth Self Care

4 Life Skills You Need To Thrive In Your Life

How To Master Your Best Assets

Prior to the pandemic, daily goals were on everyone’s list.

The goal might have been to go to school or to work.

The goal to meet with friends over the weekend.

The goal to fly to Hawaii next summer.

Life skills were still being practiced among society during daily interactions. No one would have thought that the world, literally, would shut down. 

In early 2020, life as we knew it, closed shop.

School was cancelled and businesses locked their doors. Parents were now home full time with their children.

Partners were spending twenty-four hours a day with each other. At first, it seemed like a long vacation, then the anxiety and boredom started taking over.

Communities were advised to limit their outdoor exposure and necessity shopping. In person contact became nonexistent.

Families stayed connected over video chat and phone calls. Adolescents found themselves consumed by online social platforms for needed interaction. The world turned virtual. 

Life skills were not being used, as the need was not there. As humans, we thrive when we have in person interactions. It is how we grow and learn. Since life has changed, the need to update your life skills has become a necessity. 

The following four life skills will help you once again thrive in this new reality:

Time to tune out the news

– Many people start their day with watching the news. With live updates, any concerning broadcasts and traffic can be navigated before leaving home. 

However, since the pandemic came along, watching the news has become a full-time job. In fact, a recent study conducted by showed, “1.836 million viewers tune into FOX News in the daytime, 3.19 million viewers watch various morning news shows, and 5.35 million watch news each evening.” 

By continually watching the various tragedies and political updates, anxiety and depression start effecting your daily life. By limiting your exposure to these negative outlets, this allows the brain to rest from the day more calmly and less frustrated.

If morning news is more important for your schedule, use the evening news as a quick update.

Focus on stories that are relevant to your needs and likes. Use the extra time to focus on family and self-care.

Use the last hour before bed to wind down from all the virtual noise.

Find a quiet hobby to engage with until you are tired. This works especially well for children. Reading a book or coloring a drawing can bring better serenity and more mental serotonin for a restful night’s sleep.

You will hear about the news sooner or later if you need to – it will still be there tomorrow. 

Focus on learning something new every day

Most families have become quite comfortable utilizing the internet and smart devices. Each person has their own minicomputer right in the palm of their hand. Games, social networks, and video chatting have become a favorite pastime. 

What is more easily forgotten is the world of information that is yet untouched. Pinterest and YouTube have become inundated with how to projects and videos with all ranges of expertise. If learning acrylic fluid art has always been a desire to try, look up the videos and get started.

If being outdoors is more your hobby style, try a “sport” that will keep you active and engaged, like gardening. This is also a terrific way to include children in the process of planting and feeding. Work as a team to find new recipes that are healthy and fulfilling. To go one step further, donate your unwanted or overgrown veggies and fruit to local neighbors or shelters for a sweet treat.

Keep your pockets full

While this changing reality has brough a lot of uncertainty and worry, it has taught families to save more money than spending it. With no where to go or travel, making large purchases have become unneeded. Instead, people have capitalized on delivery services for all other services such as groceries and home goods. 

Companies have made it quite easy to get the things you want in the same day without ever leaving your house. While this was a good service during the lockdown, people are itching to spend money now that things are reopening. 

Instead, keep yourself on a limit. Focus on the items that are still needed to keep your home functioning and treat yourself to a drive thru coffee as a reward.

If being outside the house is the goal, go for a nice walk at your local park. Have the family join in on making a picnic lunch. Remind children about saving money but still having an enjoyable time. 

Share with your family fun stories while you eat your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Need a bit more stimulation? Why not grab your bicke and go for a ride. At home, work on crafts and small hobbies to pass the time more calmly. 

Embrace new changes

During the lockdown, some families found that their chosen careers and social contacts were not as desirable as before. Maybe the co-workers you see everyday have dropped out of contact or the friends you see on the weekends have decided to move one. 

Whatever the case, having the extra time has brought new discoveries and untouched dreams. While going back to work is a necessity, try asking yourself if this is where you want to be. If not, focus on a new path and embrace it. 

If you always wanted to own a bakery, try taking it one step at a time. With online platforms, the internet has made it possible to sell products from your home. Utilize social media for advertising. Look into ways that will keep costs down while you explore the idea of purchasing a building and going public. Until then, enjoy the process and do not lose focus on your main source of income. 

In Conclusion 

Adapting life skills to the alternative way of living will bring less stress and more focus. With each passing day, you will thrive more, giving yourself and others hope.

As American author Alex Tabarrok once said, “The only way to thrive is to innovate. It’s that simple.”

Anxiety/Stress Mindset/Strenghts

Pandemic Struggles: Are You Always Afraid Now?

Feel like you’ve been riding a rollercoaster since the coronavirus arrived in 2020?

For most of us, the pandemic has been something we have never experienced before. The coronavirus has turned life upside down for those who have not been directly affected, and worse for those who have. Our normal routines and way of living has changed and become unrecognisable in many ways.

Public health actions, including social distancing, health safety measures, closure of business, parks and even beaches have caused fear and anxiety for many of us.

We have had a lot of unknowns to deal with and many of them are out of our hands, causing us a sense of powerlessness to deal with them. Economic insecurity, inability to go to a gym and exercise as well as changes to the fabric of normal life in America. 

Are you always afraid now? 

If you answered yes, then know that you are not alone. We are surrounded by uncertainty – about the future and about our health and wellbeing.

As human beings, we need to feel some sense of certainty and a normal way of life. We want to feel safe. It is also very important for humans to have some sense of control of their lives, health, and overall wellness. Of course, uncertainty about the future and fear can lead to anxiety, stress feelings of powerlessness.

Key Ways To Protect Your Sanity 

Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Life changes in an instant. That can be extremely difficult to get your head around and accept. Anxiety is normal at this time. Worry that life may not ever go back to the way it was pre-pandemic. The truth is who knows. Check out these tips to stay positive and cope. 

What Is Good? 

It’s not the bright side but the good stuff. No matter how small. Time with family or pets. Maybe it’s time to relax, or work on an art project, or write a book.

Finding gratitude for anything you have in your life is key. Gratitude promotes mental health and a more positive outlook in general which is amazing for your mental health. 

Set A Schedule

So, your daily routine was lost months ago. So, let’s take a minute and make a new one. Grab a calendar or a notebook. Use your phone if you have to. Create a schedule for yourself.

This can be for work, school, or personal projects. Having a structure to your day helps you have meaning, purpose, and encourages productivity. This can bring peace and structure to your life. 


Connect with friends and family using technology. Social media, video conferencing and phone calls will help you stay connected to people you care about. Social isolation is avoidable by reaching out.

Connecting with friends can help take the fear out of the pandemic, or at least reduce it. Reach out to them rather than sitting waiting for them to call you.

Self-Care Tips To Fight Fear During The Pandemic

Self-Care Practices:
  • Meditate or do yoga
  • Take a hot bath to relax
  • Journaling – Writing out your feelings is a great outlet.
  • Go on a hike or get some fresh air.
  • Spirituality Practices
  • Listen to calming music
  • Avoid too much time front the screen listening to negative news stories.

You are the captain of your life. Implement fear busting habits. The pandemic life is scary for everyone, but keep in mind that you are not alone and there is a lot of support out there for you to take advantage of.

Staying healthy, optimistic, and taking care of yourself are keys to healthy well-being.

Seek out and create a life filled with balance and good health. Using some of these practices will help you develop techniques to combat fear and improve your overall health. You can avoid being afraid all the time during the pandemic. 

And remember, there is help available for you if you need it. Just talking with someone can be reassuring and can go a long way to reducing your anxiety. You can schedule a free clarity call with Ally right here – take the first step towards getting your life back on track:)