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4 Common Challenges of the Pandemic and How They Spurred Personal Growth

The onset of a pandemic came with significant challenges for everyone. While society as a whole has overcome many of the obstacles that the pandemic presented, the transitionary period was not without growing pains. People continue to struggle with carving out a new way of life. It is important to reflect on how triumphing over a challenge affects personal growth.

Today, Improving Lives Counseling Services explores some of the most common issues people had to face throughout the pandemic, to show how we’ve strengthened both as individuals and as a community.

Losing Employment

The pandemic caused many people to lose their jobs or quit for the sake of their personal health. With remote work becoming the new norm, it is necessary to prepare a stellar resume in order to secure a great position after falling out of employment. A great resume should reflect a worker’s latest skills, experience, and achievements.

If you haven’t updated your resume in some time, it can feel daunting. Fortunately, free resume templates online make it easy to craft a great-looking resume in minutes. You can even customize the look of your resume with photos and colors. Once complete, just download it to your computer to share as needed.

Also, depending on your field, you may have multiple documents related to employment. Teachers and artists, for instance, might want to include samples and recommendations with their other application materials, so it’s worth taking a moment to learn how to merge PDF files to keep everything neat and hassle-free.

Feeling Confined to Home

Lockdown situations generate feelings of being trapped at home, even long after the restrictions were lifted. People who found themselves with extra time indoors took the chance to learn new skills or take up different hobbies. Remaining in a single place does not have to mean it’s impossible to broaden one’s horizons.

One obvious drawback of the more common working from home is that it can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. However, it is also a great opportunity to build a home workout routine. Many items around the house can be repurposed to further a fitness journey. This is also a great time to focus on cleansing your home of clutter and negativity!

Becoming Responsible for Education

At certain points in the pandemic, many schools took a remote approach to education. For parents, this implied a responsibility to be more accountable than ever for overseeing their children’s schoolwork. At the same time, it created an environment in which parents could assume a more involved role in the educational development of children. Research even shows that family engagement can be a huge contributor to student success. Carrying this mindset beyond the pandemic can help children find continued success for years to come.

Losing Sight of the Future

One particularly far-reaching result of the pandemic is that many affected individuals feel uncertain about the future. It can be scary to lose sight of goals and hopes, but it can also be a source of motivation to take fate into one’s own hands.

For example, hopeful entrepreneurs can seize their own future in the wake of the pandemic by starting a new business. For those interested in this path, it is important to remember the necessary steps to laying the proper foundation for a business.  It starts by selecting the right business structure. Many enterprises start out as LLCs so that the owners can enjoy certain liability benefits and tax advantages. Each state has its own regulations around forming an LLC, so new business owners must educate themselves on applicable local laws.

The pandemic brought about life-altering challenges for everyone, but nobody has to face it all alone. There are communities and career resources available for those who need a little help overcoming the obstacles before them. With the right state of mind, everyone can emerge from the pandemic a little stronger than they were before.

Improving Lives Counseling Services is one of the largest counseling agencies in Oklahoma. We have a large network of therapists that can meet with you quickly. Call 918-268-7365.