Life in lockdown and living with Coronavirus has taken its toll on all of our mental health. More and more people are finding that they are struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression. Usually caused or worsened by the situation that they find themselves in.
Whilst our current lives is having an impact on our mental health, the truth is that returning to normal life, life as we knew it before, might be scary. In fact, you may find that you have just as much anxiety or concern about how things could look in the future as you feel right now.
To help you to prepare for life after lockdown, here are the main things that are going to change and how to get ready for it.
Returning to work
One of the biggest changes to our lives is that many of us are now working remotely rather than being based in the office. It is likely that many companies will want to continue with remote working, in some way, but there are also plenty who are going to be returning to work and returning to the office.
This may be exciting, if you have found yourself feeling lonely and isolated whilst working from home. But for some it is a cause of anxiety.
It is important to know that it is normal to feel this way and lots of people are going to be feeling the same way as you. There have been studies which have shown that it can take as long as 2 months to feel familiar doing something, so, with the past year being so on and off, with lockdowns coming and going, you are likely to feel slightly frazzled with the changes.
Remember that it might take time to adjust, but you will adjust and before you know it, you will feel that you have never been away.
Seeing our friends and family has gone from being a source of comfort and laughter, to now being seen as a way to spread the virus and put ourselves and those who we love the most at danger. This means that socialising has stopped. Particularly in the sense of group get togethers.
We don’t know when things will go back to normal, but we know that when it does, that socialising is going to be something that many of us will worry about. At least in some form. Sure, you are going to want to see all those people who you have missed over the past few months, but if you are not ready to rush out and see them again, then this is not something to be ashamed of.
It doesn’t mean that you haven’t missed them or that you are not keen to see them, it just means that you need to take things slowly. If you are honest with your friends and let them know how you feel, then you can start to look forward to meeting up again, just at your own pace.