STRUGGLING TO ADAPT TO THE NEW NORMAL
Here are some simple practices to help you manage to adjust to life after lockdown if you are struggling with anxiety. While we are adapting to this new weird life of social distancing, we humans are all facing these changes together.
Adapting to the “New Normal” has hit a lot of us hard. For those of us who have been in isolation for so long, it’s so strange when you finally get outside and see other humans mingling and coming in and out of shops. What I have noticed is the number of people not wearing masks that shocks me. Is it that bad to wear a mask to protect our elders and those who are vulnerable?
Here are some tips on trying to stay stress-free
- Accept and face your challenges head-on.
- Mediate before you go out the front door.
- Don’t throw yourself into a packed area on your first outing.
- Start off going for a walk in the park where it’s less crowded.
- If you have to use public transport, go when it’s quiet time, not rush hour.
- Try and keep 6 feet of space between you and other people.
- Indoor spaces are riskier than outdoor areas, so think of ventilation.
- Continue to protect yourself with a mask and keep the antibacterial spray on you.
Deciding to go out
In general, the more closely you interact with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. When you decide to adventure out, take precautions with a mask an antibacterial spray.
Looking after your mental health
Getting out in nature can benefit your everyday life, especially if you suffer from depression and anxiety, ground yourself in the mud or the grass, kick off your shoes and feel the earth on your feet. The positive effects of being outside can improve your mood and stop your brain from going into overdrive after being stuck indoors for so long.
Getting into nature or even in your garden can help you’re well being and can have a calming effect on the mind. There is something about being in the woods where it is quiet and calm and magical.
Focus on what is around you, write out a list of to-do tasks, and work your way through them, to keep yourself busy. Avoid watching the news and listening to anything negative.
Get yourself motivated
Don’t check your phone the minute you get up, spend a few minutes meditating. Try to read for fifteen minutes something positive. Enjoy your morning cup of tea; if you start looking at your morning in a more positive way, it will have a significant effect on you in the long run.
All us humans are in this together, and we must take care of our minds as well as our bodies. You may feel bored, frustrated, and anxious, but all these feelings are normal. We are all experiencing it. Try and start your day off positive and close your day on a positive acknowledgement of something you have accomplished in the day.
TO START YOUR DAY
I will be present in every moment.
I am smart.
I am brave.
I am beautiful.
Today is a great day.