WHAT TO REMEMBER ABOUT LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN
It’s crazy to think that the year anniversary of lockdown is just around the corner! This time last year ‘lockdown’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘coronavirus’ were so alien and terrifying. As time has gone on they’ve just become part of our everyday.
With restrictions easing and a return to ‘normal life’ imminent what should we remember about life after lockdown?
Remember it’s ok to…
Not come out of lockdown having accomplished anything.
If you’ve used this time to start a side hustle, acquire a new skill or run the equivalent of a marathon then good for you. If you haven’t that’s also fine.
Still be feeling anxious about Covid-19.
Keep checking the government website for advice! Make sure you’re keeping yourself informed and following guidelines to the best of your ability.
To feel angry that lockdown is starting to ease.
If you’re someone who has been directly affected by this horrible virus then it’s understandable you might be feeling worried or even annoyed that restrictions are lifting. Keep yourself informed and avoid fake news where possible (Facebook keyboard warriors I’m looking at you).
To not be in the best shape of your life.
Toxic diet culture needs to get in the bin. You’re perfect the way you are. End of lockdown means hugging loved ones and spending time with family. Remember that’s what’s important.
Feel anxious about socialising again.
Just because there’s a roadmap doesn’t mean you have to be ready. Take things at your own pace. A year of being isolated from those you love will take its toll. Don’t rush yourself.
Not to have lots of exciting plans booked in.
This doesn’t mean you’re any less loved. This doesn’t mean anyone else is any more loved. Maybe you’re feeling anxious about pubs and restaurants? That’s ok. Don’t feel pressured to get your life going again. So your bestie already has their 21st June outfit ready to go? So what! We’ll all be easing back into the new normal. You’re not alone.
Find some days harder than others.
We need to drop the idea that every hour of every day post-lockdown you should be ‘living your best life’ and having the best time. Some days will be golden. Some days will be overwhelming. Some days will be downright hard. Take each as it comes and remember there’s more to someone’s life than their carefully curated Instagram.
SO, TO SUMMARISE...
After a whole year of being isolated, WFH, saying goodbye to our social lives, being confronted with harrowing images of hospitalised people on a daily basis, the death toll, the day-to-day fear and anxiety that go along with that, the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the government’s back and forth with restrictions it’s totally ok to be feeling anxious about the return to ‘normality’.
Nothing about this has been normal.
Remember that you’re not alone.
We’ll all be blindly feeling our way through the next year so don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.
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