These past 12 months have been completely unexpected for us all. No one could have guessed we would have been where we are today and just how much our worlds would have been turned upside down. But whether you have carried on working as normal throughout the pandemic, you’ve been furloughed, or have had a complete change of career, it seems like we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. And now, more than ever, we need to look after ourselves and prepare for getting back to ‘normality’, whatever this may be.
Here are a few tips to get you that little bit more prepared for the post-lockdown life:
Just like the transition into lockdown a year ago took a while to get used to, the transition back to normal life will do too. Whether you’re going back to work soon, working from a new location, or getting used to your other half (who you’ve been around 24/7), our ‘new’ routines may take a while to get into. Don’t be hard on yourself – just take it one day at a time.
Public transport might be reopening and reintroducing more services, but if you’re not ready to jump on a train or bus, that’s ok. You could try to plan an alternative way to get to work, or failing that, speak with your manager about working arrangements for the near future.
Whilst some of us are counting down the days until the bars reopen, eagerly waiting for an after work drink with the girls, there are some people who might not be looking forward to socialising full stop. Whichever you are, both are ok. If you’re feeling anxious about mixing with people again, talk to your friends about it – explain how you feel and only do what you feel comfortable with. If it’s one of your friends who is feeling anxious, give them the time and space they need, but be there for them if they want to talk about it. It might take longer for some people than others, but we will all get there!
If your working arrangements will be changing, it’s helpful to know exactly when this is so you can slowly start to adapt your morning and evening routines in preparation. If you’re used to getting up at 9am, but a move back to the office will mean 6am starts, begin to go to bed slightly earlier and set a morning alarm for 10 minutes earlier than usual. Then every couple of days, amend the alarm so it’s another 10 minutes earlier. Before you know it, you’ll be getting up early and feeling great, ready to start the day.
The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, so getting back to ‘normal’ is going to be different for everyone. Whatever the journey back to normality looks like for you, look after yourself and others. We’re all in this together.
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