- Increased desire for connection. Prior to the pandemic, we loaded our schedules to the max and had little time to spend with those we love. The time apart has increased our desire to spend quality time with others. We are waiting for the days to commune safely. Connection and community are a necessary component to our well being. According to the Blue Zones, “Fostering close friendships is crucial to increasing longevity and maintaining your health. By creating a social “safety net,” you can protect yourself from depression, anxiety, and physical ailments to promote long, healthy life.”
- Increased cooking at home. The pandemic has forced us to stay closer to home. Without the ease of walking down to our neighborhood restaurant, we have been forced to crack open our kitchens. As entertainment options have dwindled, we have looked to other ways of spending our time at home. Trends like sourdough bread baking went viral and have shown many people have not only increased their time, but also their creativity and curiosity in the kitchen. By keeping things fresh and exciting, play in the kitchen reduces stress, stimulates the mind, and boosts creativity. When we take cooking into our own hands, rather than relying on restaurants to do the cooking for us, we reclaim the power to nourish ourselves.
3. Increased regional supply chains. The pandemic has shifted and transformed entire industries. Some sectors were forced to drop off and pick up somewhere else. We lost and gained some valuable players along the way. The shift drove us to look local, and in the process, we reduced our global footprint substantially. According to CNBC, “global greenhouse gas emissions plunged by roughly 2.4 billion tons this year, a 7% drop from 2019 and the largest decline in history.” With the increased restrictions, many also went out of their way to support small, local businesses. The support has led to increased connection in our communities and a desire to pave a path forward together.
4. Increased focus on mental well being. We are a species that thrives on social interaction, isolation is not part of our DNA. When we were forced to keep our distance from others, our minds revolted. A variety of other restrictions in our lives were the icing on the cake. Too much change led to skyrocketing mental health concerns. When the pain is immense, we seek help. An increase in mental health has led to increased awareness. When we take it upon ourselves to change our inner world, we see the results in our outer world. Now is our chance to raise our compassion, care, and well being together.
5. Increased constraints create innovation. We’ve witnessed restaurants purchasing igloos and greenhouses in hopes people will dine outside. Grocery stores have launched online ordering and delivery options. The list of creative solutions to pandemic problems goes on. It is times like these we remember the best innovations come from constraints.
I’m Callie, and I’m the Founder & CEO of Nonna Eats, a Boulder (CO) startup dedicated to fostering community through food. I have experience running a variety of culinary teams, as well as web design and branding.
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This is a series of stories about reclaiming the art of eating and gathering. Through working with the highest quality chefs and producers, we know how to eat well. If you’d like to read more, please follow. Originally posted on nonnaeats.com.