How to Deal With Going Back to Real Life Post-Coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has created a new reality for people worldwide. With a six-month lockdown under everyone’s belts, it’s time for many to return to their daily lives. Whether you have work, school or other essential responsibilities, it’s vital to care for yourself. There are several reasons why this process may feel hard.

Here are a few ways to deal with real life post-coronavirus.

1. Take a More Mindful Approach

It’s helpful to draw your attention away from current events if you feel like you can’t control what’s around you. The world has dealt with many distressful moments — from COVID-19 to protests to political campaigns — and it’s tough not to feel “crisis fatigue” as a result. A more mindful approach to your everyday life could help you navigate a post-coronavirus world. Here’s how to lead with mindfulness:

  • Focus your attention on each breath.
  • Write down your intentions every day.
  • Take a walk to clear your head.
  • Be creative — write a poem, bake a cake.
  • Appreciate each and every moment.

These methods can help you feel more grounded. Try to adopt a mindful routine so you can focus more clearly on your life. It’s still important to learn and care about world issues. That said, you shouldn’t feel guilty if you need to take a breather. It’s not healthy to overwhelm yourself with intense headlines. You may become even more nervous as a result. Balance is key.

A mindful attitude can help you focus on daily tasks. You can even prevent potential separation anxiety with certain tricks. If your kids are worried about your return to work, it’s important to find solutions. Can they occupy themselves with mindful tasks while you’re away? This approach could deescalate a meltdown.

2. Don’t Jump Into Old Activities

Your favorite stores and restaurants recently reopened, but you shouldn’t spend your free time shopping and dining. There are still COVID-19 risks. The fact that they may be more controlled than before doesn’t mean you need to rush into your old life. Use this chance to practice self-restraint. Otherwise, you may put yourself and others at risk for an unnecessary trip to your local mall.

That said, you don’t have to cut yourself off completely. You can still visit local boutiques and order takeout as long as you’re safe. In fact, you may find experiences like those to be beneficial for your mental health. In any case, it’s smart to slowly work your way back to your old routines. This way, you can keep up with inevitable updates and adjustments as they become available.

When shopping and dining, it’s crucial to support your local establishments more than large corporations. Start with those spots if you want to have fun.

3. Pay Attention to Mental Health

You may have noticed that you’re more agitated or anxious. It’s easy to worry about what could happen next. Those emotions will persist when it’s time to return to school or work. An office filled with co-workers won’t do much to ease your mind. That’s why it’s necessary to be as proactive as possible for your mental health. You’ll want to take a few meaningful steps so you can manage any stress you may experience.

A consistent self-care routine can make a significant difference. Use your time before bed to draw a bath and read a book. You should also avoid news outlets so you don’t become overwhelmed. Look to experts like CDC and WHO for reliable information when needed. You may also find that it’s remedial to work with a therapist to mitigate your emotions if you can’t do so on your own.

4. Continue to Practice Prevention

You should continue to take preventive measures even when life seems normal. It’s hard to predict when a vaccine will be available, so it’s still essential to wear a mask and wash your hands. You’ll feel much less uneasy about your return to work if you have a coronavirus routine. You could wipe down your workstation when you arrive so you feel safer.

Be sure to follow every rule and regulation. If your kids’ school has in-person classes, you should make sure they’re comfortable with their masks. Review etiquette so they don’t accidentally cough into their hands. These small preparations can ease your mind. A life after quarantine doesn’t have to seem scary — your preventive actions will keep you protected.

Take Each Day at Your Own Pace Post-Coronavirus

When it’s time to return to school or work after months-long quarantine, it’s essential to look after yourself and your family. A post-coronavirus world won’t fully take place for a while. That said, you still have to readjust eventually. Think about these suggestions as you put your life back together.

 

Jennifer Landis
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mom, writer, and healthy living blogger. She enjoys longs walks around the block with her toddler, prefers tea over coffee, and eats way too much peanut butter. You can find more from Jennifer on her blog, http://mindfulnessmama.com or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis

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