For many people, the gradual lift of lockdown has given plenty of opportunities to visit friends and get out of the house more. But for some people, the readjustment has had a negative effect on their mental health. If you live with anxiety then chances are you’re struggling to cope with being out and about in the world again.
Extraverts were finding it difficult to stay indoors while introverts were loving the peace. However, it’s not healthy to be in your house all the time. So how do you get back into the swing of things after lockdown? That’s what you can find out in today’s blog.
Mental Health Challenges and What to Do About It
After being inside your house for a few months it can feel strange going outside your home again. Some people lose their confidence in their ability to do tasks that they always used to do. For example, you may feel stressed about having face-to-face meetings with colleagues or being around large crowds of people.
The reason may be because people are worried about getting infected with COVID-19. 2020 was a stressful year for everyone but getting back on your feet after lockdown can be a challenge. However, there are ways you can ease the stress and anxiety you’re feeling by doing the following:
- Don’t rush: You must take time to ease into your new schedule. Don’t let people pressure you into adjusting quicker. Change takes patience and you need to allow yourself enough time to get used to being outside your home.
- Control what you can: There are some aspects in life that you can’t control such as the traffic or the bus being late. But there are situations in life that you can control and manage such as your schedule. Make sure you plan your day in advance and adhere to your time management plan so that you don’t fall behind.
- Change up your routine: You don’t want your life to be boring and stagnant. Keep it interesting by changing up your routine. If going to a certain grocery store makes you nervous then try a different one or travel a road that’s less busy when going to work or school.
- Flexible hours: Most companies are allowing their staff to work flexible hours because of social distancing policies. Talk to management to see which times suit you better so you can plan your day accordingly.
These tips may seem simple but they are effective. Sometimes the smallest change can help you when you’re feeling stressed.
Pick Up Your Social Life Again
Some people who suffer from anxiety are more introverted. They prefer not to see people as often because social situations may make them nervous. Being in lockdown for too long can increase the effects of social anxiety. But it’s important to engage with people regularly to ease your social anxiety slowly.
If you’re worried about getting the Coronavirus then start small. Speak to your loved ones through video chats so that you can stay in touch with them. When you’re ready you can plan a small gathering at your house or at a coffee shop to see friends or family. Keep the groups small so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed.
Taking Care of Your Loved Ones
Living through a pandemic has made everyone uncertain about what’s going to happen. With the gradual lift of lockdown people are making their way back to the office and kids are going back to school which can make you feel stressed about your loved ones’ well-being.
However, there are ways you can take care of your family after lockdown. Make sure your children all have a bottle of sanitiser with them and they have their masks on at all times when they’re outside.
Ensure everyone washes their hands when they come home from work and school and make sure you’re providing your family with the proper vitamins to boost their immune systems.
Adjusting to Work Life
If you’re one of the people that had to go back to work full-time after lockdown you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Working remotely is different compared to working in an office full of colleagues. That’s why you should establish boundaries in the workplace so that you can complete your tasks on time.
Be vocal about not being able to attend meetings if you have a busy schedule for the day. Plan your day accordingly so that you’re able to meet your deadlines.
What to Do About Self Confidence
Has your self-confidence diminished during lockdown? Perhaps you gained weight from eating too many unhealthy snacks. Or you’ve simply lost all motivation.
If you’re struggling with self-love you can start taking care of yourself again. Make sure you’re fuelling your body with healthy foods and you’re going for regular walks to boost your energy. You can also regain your motivation by setting goals for yourself.
For example, if you feel like you’ve wasted time during lockdown you can put plans into place to learn a new skill or do something you’ve always wanted to do. Sometimes new experiences can boost your mood and in turn increase your confidence.
Why Self-Care is Important After Lockdown
Don’t feel guilty about the way you feel trying to readjust your life after lockdown. All you need is a bit of self-care and some patience. Self-care means working on your mental health by doing the things you truly enjoy. Doing the things you love is a luxury but it’s also crucial for your well-being.
How to Practice Self Care After Lockdown
There are many ways you can practice self-care but the important aspect to remember is that you mustn’t force yourself to adjust to change. Here are a few ways you can practice self-care after lockdown:
- Get the rest you need: Don’t force yourself to stay awake at night. You must get the proper amount of sleep every night so you can feel ready and refreshed to tackle the next day.
- Treat yourself: Sometimes an hour in a relaxing bubble bath with candles can help alleviate the stress you’re feeling. You can also visit a spa to get a wellness massage to help you relax.
- Be kind to yourself: It’s important not to be too hard on yourself. Sometimes people can be their own worst enemies. Be kind and patient with yourself and you’ll find that you can cope better with any situation you’re faced with.
- Do something you enjoy: Do you enjoy listening to music, painting or reading a book? Take a few hours out of your day to do the things you want to do.
We hope the tips in our blog helped you with some ways to deal with readjustments after lockdown. On the other hand, if you’re still struggling with life after lockdown then take up a course with Jacquie Case. There are courses to overcome anxiety and ones to help build your assertiveness.
These courses will help you cope with any mental health problems you may be facing after having to go back out into the world. There’s also Rapid Solution Therapy and Reiki that we offer. Let us help you strengthen your mind so you can cope well after lockdown.