We are all waiting for it– the end of Covid-19! Of course, it may be rather optimistic to think this far ahead, but why not give it a try? When it comes to mental health, it is no longer a secret that these past few months have taken their toll on us all in some way or another, some in a good way and some in a negative way. That being said, with the pandemic being over at some point, we must also consider what to expect when we are out of lockdown. So, let’s talk about it.
- Tackling Social Anxiety
We can work on reducing the impact of mental health issues every day. Whether it is by feeling less lonely, keeping in touch with our friends even if it feels like we’d rather just be alone in bed, or working on boosting our moods every day, there is always a way to work on bettering our mental health. As we are approaching the end of the lockdown, we should also consider certain things, such as whether or not feelings of social anxiety may resurface, and how we will deal with them. Indeed, if you feel like you are likely to want to avoid being in contact with others due to this, perhaps now is the time to start finding ways to cope with your social anxiety in order to have a smoother transition out of lockdown.
- Re-integrating “normal life”
Re-integrating normal life may seem rather unlikely at the moment, but it will happen. Of course, it may be a different kind of normal, but it will still entail certain things such as going for coffee with friends, returning to the workplace, and no longer working from home or staying home every day of the week. So, a way to ease yourself into this is to keep yourself aware that this is coming soon! Similarly, you can try to think back of your old routines and may want to think about what they can bring. Can you re-establish these in your current day-to-day lifestyle? Is this something that is triggering some stress or perhaps anxiety?
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
When we come out of lockdown, chances are that you may feel rather overwhelmed about coming back to normalcy. For example, some may feel a bit anxious about having to attend social events again or others may not like the idea of going back to their original work place instead of working from home. Indeed, we are creatures of habit. So, after almost a year of this, it is normal that we have some reticence to going back to the way things were before simply because we have grown accustomed to the way things are now. If this is your case, do not be afraid to speak about this to someone. It’s always okay to ask for help, especially in such times!
If you are anxious about returning to normal, or if you don’t feel comfortable with the lockdown ending soon for any particular reason, reach out today. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!