With everything that the world has been through over the last year and a half, it’s a relief to again see some semblance of normal life. However, along with those feelings of relief, many people still, rightfully, have concerns and feelings of anxiety. No matter what you’re feeling, know that it is valid. Today, I want to look at some of the things to consider to care for yourself as we all attempt to transition back to normal life.
Do What’s Right for You
Taking relevant precautions with your health is obviously something that’s important. That said, what is right for someone else may not work for you. Know that Covid is still out there, so it’s up to you to do the right things to keep you and your family safe. I’m not here to tell you what to do concerning masks, social distancing, and the vaccine. I will say this: Think carefully about your choices and how they might affect not only you but others.
Additionally, just because the world is reopening and things are getting back to normal, doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself headfirst into questionable situations. If you want to take it slowly, that’s what you should do. It’s up to you as an individual to decide how you approach your life. If you feel pressured about anything, take a moment to consider what you want before doing anything.
Maintain a Fitness Routine
If you have struggled to stay active and healthy during the pandemic, this might be an opportunity to change all of that. Perhaps your gym was previously closed or you didn’t feel comfortable going there. If it’s open again and you feel safe, why not make it a part of your new routine? After all, the task of looking after yourself is your responsibility. I recommend just taking steps in that direction to slowly re-establish a healthful lifestyle. If the gym is too much for you, try something else that simply gets you moving more.
Do Things You Love
There is so much that we’ve all had to give up in the recent past. It’s literally been a non-stop grieving of sorts. We’ve had to face the fact that things may never be the same again. It is, therefore, crucial to find what’s good in your life and focus on finding what you can do. Many are finding relief and joy in simpler activities and returning to what matters the most.
Speak to Your Doctor About Concerns
If you are feeling overwhelmed by what has transpired, and anxiety has taken over, talk to your doctor about mental and physical concerns. They might be able to prescribe you some medication or recommend a form of therapy to help you feel more connected and stable.
Don’t forget to talk about any bad habits that have shown up like drinking, smoking, drugs, etc. We have all felt the pain from the pandemic, so there is no shame in having found a coping mechanism. That said, these habits could be hurting you more than you know. If addiction treatment or other therapy might help you get yourself back, consider working in that direction.
Stay In Touch
Talk to your friends and loved ones about your life and experiences. Ask them how they are doing as well. Together, we can give one another emotional support and the love we need to finish this race. Take steps to reconnect if you’ve been isolated most of the time. Tell others what you need and make an effort to speak openly about what the pandemic has been like for you. Do also share your plans and dreams for the future, as this helps to set an intention to be happy and move forward.
Returning to normal life after such a long period of experiencing anything but normal could be as challenging as the pandemic itself. If you’re finding it difficult, it’s understandable and there is help out there should you need it. Do the best you can to feel happy and safe as you navigate this transition.