Let's prepare for a bright future
The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives almost overnight. We all face new
You may be staying home to stay safe—or be a first responder on the front lines.
Maybe you are without work or working from home. Maybe you’re homeschooling
children, worried about money, or concerned about family members.
What we all have in common is that our old ways of life are not available to us. So
we are developing new ones.
What if today’s painful lessons could help us discover what we want in the future?
What if hitting the global “pause” button could be a path to living better? Here are
Prioritize health and well-being
We all know it’s important to eat healthy foods, exercise, sleep well, and support
our immune system. Now the threat of COVID-19 has many of us doing more to
protect our health. Maybe you are taking more vitamins or eating more leafy
greens. Maybe you’re doing 10 minutes of Zumba with your kids every morning.
Or maybe you’re ready to start something new.
How can you create healthy habits today that will last?
Do it ourselves—at home
With limited options for eating out and as restaurants prepare to open back up,
many of us are cooking more. Vegetable gardening is on the rise. People are
enjoying the low-tech pleasures of puzzles, board games, sidewalk chalk drawing
—along with video chats, movies, and video games. With commute time replaced
by family time, many of us are feeling more connected with the people who matter
What practices of self-reliance, family time, or play will you continue?
Pollute less, enjoy the outdoors more
With so much of the country sheltering at home and staying out of their cars and
off the roadways, many U.S. cities have far less pollution. The same is true here
in Arizona. Phoenix is expected to cut its number of poor air-quality days by at
least half than last year. As we pollute our environment less, many of us are
enjoying the outdoors more—walking, running, biking, and playing at a social
Will you spend less time in your car and more time moving outside?
Saving more, but spending on what matters
Most people think COVID-19 will last 2.25 times longer than their cash on hand,
so many are spending less and saving more. Studies show we are all shopping
less overall, with three times more purchases of cleaning supplies than clothes
and four times more purchases of medical supplies than home furnishings.
Which of your new spending habits will you keep?
Come closer together, even as we are farther apart
As we face a threat that goes deeper than our differences, our global community
has come together in the fight against COVID-19. As Italians in coronavirus
lockdown sang together, their losses and celebration of the human spirit were
also ours. We are seeing the importance of protecting our most vulnerable, and
the power of working together to face difficulty—from challenges with medical
care and food supply to keeping the isolated connected.
How can we keep our sense of community and collaboration?
When our health is at risk, it’s easier to remember how precious every moment is.
As we face fear and uncertainty, self-care practices are more important than ever.
The more we cultivate our personal resilience, the better equipped we are to
respond effectively and creatively to any difficulty. That’s why many people are
meditating, journaling, creating, or getting more sleep.
How can you stay centered no matter what is happening around you?
When we focus on finding the opportunities in today’s obstacles, we create more
possibilities for tomorrow. Together, we can turn our hard-earned lessons into a