It’s hard to believe that we have been in a pandemic for a year. It is incredibly surreal, especially as we initially thought it would only last a few months. I thought I’d share some tips to consider for looking after yourself post-lockdown.
It might be super overwhelming for some people to suddenly be pushed back into the normal routine of going to work, meeting friends or even browsing shops down the high street, so here are some ways in which you can reduce that stress and focus on looking after your mental health to ensure that you are feeling as best you can.
Don’t push yourself to go back to ‘normal’ straight away
Don’t feel pressured to return to your normal life straight away. This includes going to the shops or even meeting your friends. If you want to continue ordering online or zoom calling your friends, do it. You shouldn’t push yourself into doing something you aren’t comfortable with.
The most important thing is that we remain safe and, while we are coming out of our THIRD lockdown, the virus is still out there. This might cause more anxiety for people so, if you want to remain in your own little bubble for longer, do it. Do what makes you happy and comfortable, and ease back into normality in your own time.
Say no, your friends will understand
A lot of people will have plans to meet their friends after months of isolation. If you aren’t comfortable with this, don’t force yourself! I’m definitely not going to any BBQ’s anytime soon, despite my friends organising some. I will happily meet one of my mates for a walk, but a group of people? No way!
Good friends will understand your worries and completely support you in your decision. We have gotten so used to being isolated, it might be scary for some to even consider seeing their friends in person! While I can’t wait to give my best friends a good squeeze, it will definitely be strange to actually see them!
Take baby steps
Just because everything is open, doesn’t mean you have to go! I certainly won’t be going to any pubs or restaurants once they open, instead I will continue to spend my evenings at home. As boring as that sounds, it has become my new normal and, not only do I enjoy it, I’m also spending less money by staying in.
If you are really struggling, you can always give yourself little goals. Maybe walk with a friend one week, and then the next meet two or three as a group. These little steps can ease the transition back into normality and make you feel more comfortable.
Follow social distancing rules
Probably the most important tip. The virus is still out there and, if you have anxiety, it is constantly going to be on your mind. While I can’t wait to be able to get out more, following social distancing rules (i.e sticking to small groups, avoiding pubs or other busy areas), can make you feel more relaxed. There is nothing worse than going from being indoors for months to suddenly being stuck in the middle of a busy, maskless pub. The horror!
What are you most looking forwards to post-lockdown? I can’t wait to see my parents in June after almost 10 long months!
Staying in your own little lockdown for longer? Here are my favourite self-care activities I swear by to help you feel more at ease!