Being a recluse isn’t weird: why more and more people are embracing the stay-at-home lifestyle
By Dawn Castell
Going out has long meant having the most fun, whether it’s going to a fancy restaurant, a nightclub, a movie, bowling with friends, or whatever.
Going out always seemed better to me than staying at home.
However, in recent years people have changed their lifestyle. Here’s a look at 5 reasons why.
1. Stay healthy
The outbreak of the pandemic was the number one reason people started staying at home. It was a worldwide event and in most places staying at home was a necessity. Public spaces were closed, some people were working remotely and staying at home became the norm.
Many people continue to limit exposure to the outside world to stay healthy. People with weakened immune systems choose to stay at home to avoid exposure to viruses.
Those living with immunocompromised people may not want to bring germs home, so they limit their time in public places. Others prefer to stay away from crowds until the pandemic subsides further.
2. Finding new ways to have fun
As the pandemic began, people found innovative ways to stay connected. Video conferencing has become popular. It led to group chats, online games with friends and events like virtual coffee tastings to keep in touch and have fun without leaving home.
Even as public spaces reopen and people start going out in groups again, some new ways of having fun remain. Virtual entertainment can be an excellent alternative for people who cannot go out due to illness.
It’s also an easy way for friends and family who live far away to spend time together.
3. Change in working methods
Many jobs have had to adapt to the stay-at-home trend during the pandemic. Companies have found new ways to keep people working. Many were working remotely, using the internet to send work out and meet in a video conference.
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Now that workers are returning to the office, some companies have embraced the remote working trend. In some cases, it helps companies reduce expenses. You need less office space when fewer employees are present in person.
They can also reduce utility bills by using less electricity for lights and appliances.
Many employees have discovered that they prefer to work from home. Being able to take care of loved ones while working remotely can contribute to work-life balance. They can set a flexible schedule to suit their personal responsibilities.
4. Combat inflation
When prices go up, people need to cut back on spending wherever possible. For some, staying home means having more gas in the tank. You can combine errands or avoid getting in the car unless necessary.
Other people can reduce entertainment costs by staying at home. You can watch movies on TV or cook for yourself instead of going to dinner and the cinema.
Staying home instead of going on vacation is another way to save money. They prefer to explore places closer to where they live rather than paying for plane tickets, gas, hotels and expensive tourist attractions.
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5. Invest in the house
As people started staying at home, they became more focused on their living spaces. This trend makes sense because people were spending more time there than they used to.
As a result, people are still enjoying their improved habitats. You may have created a backyard garden, built an outdoor kitchen, or decided to fund pools.
Now the idea of staying home for entertainment has become more appealing. There are many reasons people are staying at home lately. Years ago it might have seemed strange to want to be at home. Now it feels more normal and sometimes more fun than going out.
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Dawn Castell is an aspiring entrepreneur and author who has worked in the CPG industry for a few years and in the business tech industry for a few more. She writes with a focus on lifestyle and health and wellness topics.
This article was originally published by Unwritten. Reprinted with permission of the author.