Preparing for any pandemic to come starts with learning some basic skills. And since you will be mostly stuck at home when a pandemic occurs, you should start learning essential skills that you can apply at home. This will enable you to maximize your time and productivity when a lockdown happens—or if you will be on home quarantine.
Furthermore, some of the basic skills that you need to learn are growing food, learning how to cook, making money from home, budgeting your finances, learning how tools work, housekeeping skills, emergency preparedness, and basic first aid knowledge.
We’ll further discuss these 9 skills to enlighten you as to why learning them is crucial:
1. Growing Food
When a pandemic comes, grocery shopping may be unsafe for you. Instead of going to the market once in a while to buy food supplies, why not grow your food? Maximize the space in your backyard by planting fruits or vegetables that you can use for cooking.
Besides, if you do not have a spacious place, you can also grow food in small spaces. Here are some ways you can plant home-grown food in small places:
Container gardening is best if you have a limited outdoor space because it is incredibly space-efficient. You can grow small plants and vegetables that do not require a lot of sun exposure and watering. Also, container gardening makes it easier for you to move your plants to shade or a spot where there is enough sunlight.
Since most vegetables and fruits grow upwards, vertical gardening can be a better option. You can use recycled wood as a pallet planter and make a hydroponic window garden from recycled plastic bottles or wine bottles. Some edibles that grow upwards are tomatoes, winter squash and melon, peas, cucumbers, salad greens, kitchen herbs, potatoes, and hanging planters.
If you consider doing vertical gardening in your small space, there are many plants that you can grow. It only requires a little tending, and your vegetables and fruits are ready for harvest before you know it.
2. Learning How to Cook
Usually, when there is a pandemic, restaurants close. Hence, you can not enjoy your usual dine ins or take outs from your favorite place. This means that you can not satisfy yourself when you crave for your favorite meals or desserts.
However, what better way to ease your cravings than cooking them yourself? Knowing how to cook basic meals will help you get through the pandemic. It can also be your hobby while you are stuck at home, and you can learn the dishes your favorite restaurants serve.
3. Making Money from Home
Unfortunately, most people lose their jobs when a pandemic comes. Being stuck at home without having a source of income will surely give you a headache. While some may negatively take this unfortunate situation, others will take advantage of it and start looking for jobs from the comfort of their homes.
These days, there are many work from home jobs posted on the internet, and applying for them is effortless. What’s more, is that some of these jobs pay a lot more than the average jobs.
Here are a few of them to help you:
All you need is a computer, internet connection, and passion for something. Writing blogs about your interests is very simple, and you also get to showcase your favorite topics.
Starting a blog is inexpensive, but you only have to be patient when cashing in on your blog. Eventually, when your blog’s reach is broad enough, you can generate large amounts of money from your site.
Customer Service Representative
Like creating blogs, this job will only require you a stable internet connection, a computer, and excellent communication skills. Working as a customer service representative allows you to earn between $8 to $15 per hour in the comfort of your home. So, you can work for more than 8 hours a day if you want to earn more.
E-commerce Store Owner
You can take advantage of the pandemic by launching your products and selling them online. With today’s e-commerce, anyone can put up an online business and showcase your products both locally or globally. You can also connect with other online sellers and offer to manufacture products for them or sell them wholesale products.
These days, many businesses are looking for someone who can create their logos, ads and design a website for them. If you have a degree or skill for this, you can earn a lot from this job. Besides, you can attract more clients by word of mouth if you are skilled in this area.
Not only restaurants close during a pandemic, but also schools to keep the safety of students. Since students are stuck at home, most parents enroll them in online classes to continue their learning. So, if you have experience in teaching or tutoring, the chances of getting hired are high.
Also, professionals with no teaching background can apply for this job. Most of the job requirements include excellent communication skills, a flexible schedule, and good social skills.
4. Budgeting Your Finances
Keeping on top of your money will help you get through a pandemic. When a pandemic comes, make sure to plan your finances wisely and spend only on things that you need – food and health supplies should be your top priority. Since no one knows when a pandemic will end, it is better to limit the amount that you are spending and save money for a rainy day.
5. Learning How Tools Work
It is inevitable to encounter minor household issues such as clogged toilets, defective appliances, or broken furniture. Since you will be stuck at home when a pandemic comes, learning how tools work can be useful.
Instead of hiring a plumber or electrician when such a problem arises, you can resolve the issue on your own. It will not only save costs, but you can also spare yourself from getting exposed to other people.
Aside from that, knowing how to properly use tools enables you to create do-it-yourself projects at home. You can make this your new hobby, and doing such can take your mind off from the pandemic.
6. Housekeeping Skills
Learning housekeeping skills is one of the most essential things from this list. Practice cleaning your home and surroundings regularly to avoid acquiring any virus. Besides, keeping your home tidy and clean at all times ensures your family’s health.
Basic housekeeping skills start from making your bed upon waking up to disinfecting your home every day. You can always maintain the cleanliness of your home by creating a cleaning schedule. Also, do not forget to clean your front and back yard as well.
To ensure the cleanliness of your home, here are some housekeeping duties you can practice regularly:
- Making the bed
- Changing sheets weekly
- Bathroom and kitchen cleaning
On a different note, make sure to regularly practice frequent handwashing to avoid contracting any virus or disease. As much as cleaning your home is highly essential, practicing proper hygiene should also be a priority.
7. Emergency Preparedness
Being prepared for emergencies at all times is one of the most challenging and crucial skills. Sadly, a lot of people neglect the importance of emergency preparedness. Knowing the precautionary measures you must do when a natural disaster hits or a pandemic comes can save your life. Hence, learning it is very much worth it.
8. First Aid
When a pandemic comes, try to refrain from going to hospitals since the chances of acquiring the virus from hospitals are very high. Instead, if you feel sick at home or have wounds that need immediate treatment, you can do basic first aid yourself.
Learning how to do first aid to your family will save you from traveling to the hospital or clinic. Not only that, knowing first aid can lessen panic if you encounter emergencies, and you can offer treatment immediately.
First Aid Kit
Aside from learning first aid, you must have a first aid kit available at all times. Since you might need essential medical supplies such as prescription drugs, alcohols, face masks, and bandages, later on, it is best always to have them in-store.
Adaptability is a soft skill, which enables you to cope with what is happening around you efficiently. This is one of the skills that you should learn because it will not only come handy when a pandemic occurs, but you can also apply this skill in your everyday life.
To quickly adapt to unfortunate circumstances means having a different point of view of the things around you. Thus, if you can quickly adapt, you allow yourself to become more productive and search for something where you can obtain new knowledge.
After all, it can be hard to maintain a positive mindset when the world is suffering from a pandemic. However, there is so much you can do to lessen the negativity that surrounds you. When a pandemic comes, you can take that opportunity to improve yourself in many ways.
Preparing for a Pandemic
Although learning many skills in preparation for any pandemic to come is quite challenging, bear in mind that these skills will help you get going. They may be difficult at first, but once you practice them regularly, it becomes more natural in the long run.
Remember that learning to adapt to unexpected circumstances quickly will make things easier for you. A pandemic may be an unfortunate event, but there are several ways that people can take advantage of it to increase their productivity and improve themselves.
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