Beyond the Lockdown
How to Get Ready for the New World?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we go about our daily lives in so many ways. It is completely normal if you’re wondering whether life will ever be the same again.
There are so many questions. How will the country get back to normal? When will my kids’ school re-open? When will we be able to travel? Will my family struggle financially? What impact will coronavirus have on the economy, our social life, and health?
The future implications of coronavirus are still unknown. So, for most people, the worst thing about this situation is uncertainty. It is normal to feel worried, anxious, and afraid in situations like this one. When you feel exposed, the amygdala in your brain activates the flight or fight response, to protect you from stress. So, being a little bit concerned can be useful and motivating.
However, excessive or lasting stress and anxiety can disrupt your stress-management strategies and impair your overall well-being. So, here are a few useful tips on how to help yourself and your kids adjust to days after COVID-19 lockdown and prepare for the new world with new routines and changed reality.
Accept Social Distance as a Way of Living
We live in a digital age, with millions of people already working and studying from home, making appointments, paying bills, and shopping online. Modern technologies have made it possible to work, study, and live withdrawn from the outside world during this pandemic. School lessons, work conferences, and get-togethers with friends have moved online.
Many people find this convenient. So, the pandemic of COVID-19 may have further rooted the path in which our society was going. Accept that some areas of your life will continue running online and simply take advantage of it.
Set the Boundaries
Creating time apart from your family is an important aspect of self-care. Self-care means recognizing the importance of your feelings. And when you have a better understanding of yourself, you will be more understanding of others too.
Also, spending most of your time at home still doesn’t mean that you are available 24/7. Teach your kids to respect your boundaries as well as each other's.
Working from home can become overwhelming if you have to multitask between your work, your kids’ online lessons, and household chores. To alleviate stress and tension, have separated work and study spaces in your home and delegate responsibilities to other family members. Establishing a home and work boundary while in self-isolation can help avoid unnecessary stress.
Re-Connect with Yourself and Others
If you have adjusted well to self-isolation, you are more likely to experience some positive changes and personal growth. You may learn how to boost resilience by learning better coping strategies through mindfulness meditation, self-care, and gratitude practice. Also, get in touch with old friends and renew some forgotten relationships.
Life will change after COVID-19, there is no doubt about that. But life doesn’t stop here. Things will slowly start getting back to normal in all areas of life. However, we will all be more cautious and more conscious of how life is delicate and frail. Which will, hopefully, motivate us to feel more grateful for simple life pleasures.
Take care and keep healthy and positive,