It’s no secret that over the past few months, COVID took a huge toll on the mental health of Australians. Now, restrictions are beginning to ease and many people are excited to revisit their favourite hobbies and social activities. But what if you’re not feeling excited at all?
The truth is that after spending so much time distanced from others, jumping back into the swing of your old, regular life might not be the easiest thing to do. In fact, it can feel really draining just to think about.
The good news? This is a completely normal and understandable feeling to have. To help you out, here are our top tips for adjusting to life after lockdown…
1. Take it slow
As restrictions continue to ease, you might feel pressure to jump straight back in to your pre-COVID routine. However, it’s important to go at your own pace. It’s understandable if the last couple of months have taken its toll on your mental health. Perhaps you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed at the thought of socialising again – that’s okay, too.
Some people might be ready to get back to their old gym routine, social life or work schedule, but that doesn’t mean you need to be the same. Take it slow if needed and remember that everyone is different.
2. Practice saying ‘no’
As we mentioned, many people will be ready to start socialising and getting back to ‘normal’ the second restrictions are lifted. You might even feel some pressure to participate in the post-COVID gatherings and events. In these situations, you should always try to do what’s best for you. Saying ‘no’ to plans can be really difficult, especially right now. However, remind yourself that there is no need to feel guilty for doing exactly that. There is no shame in putting your own wellbeing first.
3. Seek professional help
If the past couple of months has taken its toll on your mental health, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many people throughout Australia and the world are dealing with heightened feelings of anxiety, sadness and stress right now as a result of Coronavirus. However, the good news is that there is help available.
Our free service can link you with a local therapist who suits your budget and needs. This means that you can talk through any issues you’re facing – whether it’s due to COVID-19 or not – with someone who can help you manage and overcome them.
Our free service makes it faster than ever to find the right therapist for you! Click here to get started today.
4. Learn from your COVID experience
The past few months have undoubtedly been hard for people all over the world. However, there might be some great lessons to find in the experience, too. Ask yourself, “what made me happy while in isolation? What did I miss the most? What things do I not want to take for granted afterwards?”.
From here, you can begin to focus on the aspects of your life that bring you the most joy and fulfilment. Perhaps you realised that spending time reading everyday worked wonders for your mental health. Maybe you decided that you want to spend more time exploring new friendships, or distancing yourself from harmful existing ones. While everyone is different, thinking about what lessons you want to take from this experience is a good way to care for yourself moving forward.