As community quarantines and some health protocols are gradually lifted and changed, our life is very slowly returning to ‘normal’. We are told to expect a ‘new normal’ as many of the restrictions and measures put in place to protect us continue to apply. By nature, it’s okay to feel some sense of apprehension and anxiety about this ‘new normal’ and what the future may hold, but some will feel this more intensely than others.
Despite the fact that we know more about Covid and there are effective vaccines that are now circulating and in use for the public, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen with these new normal. The more uncertain things we feel, the more fearful we become. With increased fear comes higher levels of anxiety, which can affect our perception of things around us.
For instance, as guidelines change or businesses reopen, you might be wondering if it’s safe to see your grandparents or eat indoors in a restaurant. Or if your workplace announces that you will be returning to the office, you might have very legitimate concerns about what that means for your own safety and your family’s.
Coping up will take time
As we know it, with any disaster that hits us it would take some time to really get through to it and the impact of it will remain until such time that we accept the fact that we need to embrace the changes it has brought us. In that way, the feeling of being anxious can be decreased and the healing process will start.
Building/re-building habits can be very hard
Setting a routine can be really helpful. In addition to doing your schoolwork we make sure that our students schedule time for their physical and emotional health, fun, creatively, social connection, and stress relief. But, with the new normal adjustment process can be very different for most people. This process is not linear or well-defined. Patience and flexibility are really important.
Social anxiety increases
As covid-19 emerged, most people have been staying at home and avoiding social interactions for the past year due to health risks and following local health guidelines. Indeed there are very real dangers to being in public around other people. But this has also made us hyper-aware of our behavior in public, often in unproductive ways. In the first place, without physical closeness, the “new normal” will look so different that most people are afraid it will feel anything but normal.
Overthinking about the future
When overthinking has been a part of our everyday life it gets worse and amplified by this pandemic. As most people are thinking ahead and what the future looks like for them and their family it can only be harmful that leads to feeling nervous moving forward.
Overexposure to news and social media
As we all probably know that everything that eats up our well being can be very harmful for us physically and mentally including overexposing yourself to social media and news that can lead to breakdown, inability to sleep and worse depression.
Lack of freedom
When transitioning to a new normal, most of us are asking if it will truly go back to normal? Socialization increases online but, how about the freedom to go to the beach, go to your favorite restaurant without restriction and so forth. Will it still be limited with the new normal? We can’t never say it yet but, what we only know is that it can probably take time to get the freedom we already have before.
Things like Covid-19 that are happening around the world and affect most of us is like an alarm system that tells us, it’s the best time to redesign our life. For the privileged individuals among us, now is a good time to get intentional about setting rules for what we will and won’t go back to post-pandemic.
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