It’s taken a lot to endure the pandemic: self care, tough conversations, inventive problem solving, new ways of working, and new skills. We’ve all learned that we’re more resilient, more adaptable, more human, and more creative than we thought. Here we explore what the last year and a half has looked like, and what that means as we move forward.

The past 18 months has been a time of transformation. We’ve all adapted in one way or another to the new normal. We’ve focused on what’s important and practiced self care. You may have nurtured a sourdough starter, binged shows like The Tiger King and The Queen’s Gambit, nailed a home workout routine or learned to play a musical instrument.

Along the way, New York Life has aimed to provide resources and support to help see you through. Here are some of the most discussed topics during this period:

For those who had just finished college, we looked at some of the things you can do to get your career off the ground after graduation amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic with seven ideas to thrive as a graduate in a post-COVID-19 world. This included advice about how to network virtually and how to create your own internship.

When lockdown had us all feeling blue, we looked for ways to help lift your mood. Did you know you can take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu for some escapism, or that indoor gardening can help lower stress levels?

We also went beyond helping adults deal with the pandemic to focus on helping children. Heather Nesle, President of the New York Life Foundation, spoke with pyschotherapist and consultant Donna Gaffney about talking with children about COVID-19 . Their top tip? Start the conversation with topics children are already familiar with.

On the theme of looking after our families, Nesle also spoke with Julie Kaplow, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, about caregiving amidst coronavirus: how do we support our children during a pandemic?  Julie’s advice? Remember the six S’s when trying to reassure your kids: Safety and security, simple language, supervision structure, social support, and self-care.  

And, speaking of supporting families, we also reflected on how our kids’ media consumption can negatively impact them, especially after they’ve experienced a loss. At the beginning of the pandemic, our article on how to monitor the media diet our families will consume in the weeks to come, (1850889) suggests limiting the time your children spend on social media and asking them to share their thoughts and feelings.

During the pandemic families are spending a lot of time at home together. This has benefits – but also challenges. We took a look at six ways to beat the family blues in lockdown. Whether it’s geting your kids outside when you’re able to, or reaching out to your extended family for virtual support, these tips can help maintain your mental health.

Beyond family life, the lockdowns left many sports fans disappointed – unable to enjoy the games they love so much. The answer? Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose , in which we examine some of the best TV shows and films to help you get your sports fix – whether it’s the middle of lockdown or just the middle of the off season.

Speaking of movies, has the last year and a half reminded you of the cult classic Groundhog Day? If you’ve been having feelings of déjà vu, read our article on how to beat the Groundhog Day feeling of the pandemic. We examine the iconic film and the lessons we can all learn from it.

Finally, as many locations are beginning to emerge from strict pandemic restrictions, it’s a good opportunity to take stock. What 2020 has taught us about ourselves  explores the new normal, talks to the experts about the emotional impact and reinforces the idea of staying positive.

No matter the situation, you can lean on our 176 years of experience dealing with unforseen circumstances and challenging situations. We hope to foster a place of security and safety for you and those you love.

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New York Life Insurance Company
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