Many of us have spent weeks, if not months, adapting to new ways of living during enforced lockdowns. We’ve found new ways of communicating, working and juggling family. Now we’re facing the prospect of returning to some sort of normality as restrictions start to lift, businesses are reopening and people are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. However, extended periods spent in isolation or lockdown can mean adjusting back to normality is equally as challenging. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you cope with life after lockdown.
Take one day at a time
Accepting whatever the new normal looks like for you may take some time. It’s important to not put too much pressure on yourself to pick up where you left off, as in most cases, life is going to look a little different anyway. Let yourself ease into whatever life looks like for you moving forward, try to take one day at a time and enjoy the ride.
Returning to work
Returning to work will look very different for all of us, so there is no cookie-cutter approach to success. For some it will mean continuing working from home, others will be starting completely new jobs, and some will be returning to their place of work. You may find yourself feeling anxious at the prospect of being surrounded by people again, or your changed work conditions. This is completely normal, we’re all adjusting together. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns to your colleagues and employer, after all, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Ease into social events
Just because we’re allowed in each other's houses, and restaurants and bars are opening their doors again, doesn’t mean you need to go full throttle straight away! Take it slowly, and remember those around you are adapting to the new normal too. Spend time processing the past few months together, this will help rebuild relationships and prepare you and others for what social events and relationships look like moving forward.
Keep good habits… and ditch the bad habits
There is always a silver lining to be found in every situation, even in a global pandemic. For some of us it will be physical, such as good exercise exercise habits and nourishing food, and for others it will be mental or emotional. Perhaps you mindfully checked in on yourself and your loved ones more regularly, or you just navigated your life in less of a rush than before. Whatever it was, try to consciously carry those habits with you as we move out of lock down and into the new normal.
Plan to travel safely
You might be itching to hit the road or jump on the next available flight once restrictions lift, but doing so in accordance with regulations is important for your own safety and welfare, and those around you. The future of travel is likely to look a little different too, particularly overseas travel. World Nomads are a great resource for staying up to date with all things relating to post lockdown travel. They release an informative podcast regularly, it’s well worth a listen!
Keep it clean
Cleanliness is king! Keep washing your hands regularly, maintain social distancing where possible, and follow the guidelines outlined by the government.