As the coronavirus pandemic continues to touch cities across the globe, it brings with it an unprecedented level of health awareness. This is most acute for seniors, with 8 out of 10 deaths occurring in people over age 65. It’s a strong reminder of the importance of health considerations now and as part of any plans for the future.
Prevention is the first item on the agenda. Hand washing, face masks and social distancing are now part and parcel of the new normal; and practicing them faithfully today will ensure you’re here to enjoy a happy post-9-to-5 life when it comes. Staying informed as scientists learn more about the virus is also an important of staying safe. As new information becomes available, use the guidelines to stay protected.
Mental health, and its importance to our wellbeing, has been getting more attention as more people have found themselves spending an unaccustomed amount of time in isolation. Exercise, ration your news intake – seriously, and get outside for at least 30 minutes each day. Maintaining your peace of mind makes for good decisions and helps ensure you’ll survive this period.
If you don’t have health insurance, now is the time to get it. You may be hale and hearty now, but the cost of health insurance increases as you get older, as does the likelihood that you’ll need it. If you need something more affordable, start with basic coverage and be sure to add major medical coverage when you can.
Future proofing your career might not be an option for everyone; but examine your situation to see what’s possible for you. Whatever you do, it’s a good idea to take a look at industry developments and forecasts to see what you might expect down the road. Audit your talents and skillsets to see if there are any other jobs you might be able to do if needed. You could be a 2-week course away from being able to pivot and create a new income stream.
The COVID-19 virus is a reminder of the interconnectedness of the global population. It continues to affect all of us, possibly in ways that are yet to be seen. In the midst of uncertainty, there is power in the present moment. We can take care of ourselves, stay in touch with loved ones (even if it’s via video call) and change the things we can. In a time when there is so much we cannot know; one thing is certain: this too will pass. Life will go on. In the meantime, plan and prepare so that, when the future gets here, you’ll be ready.