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5 Habits We Should Continue Practicing After MCO

We’ve adapted to the MCO #newnormal. Now it’s time to make these habits the permanent normal.

One thing’s for sure. We are all living a new life.

The whole world has been on a standstill since the dawn of the Covid-19 virus and billions of people are forced into the new normal. 

Phrases like “social distancing”, “sanitise your hands” or “do not hold any mass gatherings” are all too familiar to us. After all, we’ve been in lock down since March 18, and we’ve since adapted to the new way of going about our daily lives.

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Now with the Recovery Movement Control and our normal lives looking within reach, here are 5 new normal habits that SHOULD be made permanent in our lives:

1. 1 metre distance when queueing up

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re in line and you can feel the person behind breathing down your neck? Malaysians have a habit of standing too close to each other when we’re queueing up and it can get very uncomfortable. Standing as close as you can to the person in front of you is not going to make the queue go any faster. So please give everyone some much-needed space and the line will take care of itself. 

2. Valuing quality time with loved ones

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During the MCO, most of us had to adapt to working from home, or even not being able to work at all. Despite the economic pressure that we’re all facing, being forced to stay home translates into having more quality time to spend with your loved ones. Although it can be chaotic on most days, especially those with young kids at home, nothing beats having your family with you at home. Now with most economic sectors back in business, let’s not forget to spare some time to be with your family and loved ones.

3. Supporting more local businesses

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With more time on our hands and less options available during the MCO, we’ve all discovered and supported local businesses that were not known to us before. Be it the shop at the corner or an online startup we just happen to stumble upon on our social media, we have to continue supporting our local businesses to try and help the economic recession that our country is fighting right now. We can do our part as Malaysians to help boost our economy, just - buy local, eat local and go local!

4. Healthy eating

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From YouTube cooking tutorials to healthy eating tips on social media, many of us have been embracing “healthy eating”. As Malaysians, the struggle to eat healthily IS REAL. With the temptations of nasi lemak, roti canai, char koay teow and the never-ending list of glorious food that Malaysia has to offer, healthy eating is one of the toughest challenges you can put a Malaysian through. Nonetheless, as we have been eating more home cooked food since the MCO, we should all strive to eat as healthily as possible from now on, and your body will thank you for it. 

5. Appreciating labourers more

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“Study harder, or you’ll be washing toilets for the rest of your life”

Isn’t that how we’re taught as a kid? That washing toilets, collecting rubbish and mopping floors are dirty, demeaning and degrading jobs. 

If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught us, it’s that we can live without our idols, engineers, lawyers etc. In fact, it’s the janitors, garbage collectors, supermarket workers and all other “low-skilled” workers that are ESSENTIAL to us. And it’s due time that we gave them the respect and credit that they deserve and earn everyday through their hard work.

2020 may not be the year that we wanted or hoped for. But it may be the most important year of all that resets our priorities and teaches us how to be better versions of ourselves.

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