Will the new normal ever start feeling ... normal?
For so long, we went into survival mode; it will take time for our bodies & minds to adjust. Practice self-care. Be kind to yourself. Remember that it took so long for us to adjust to being shut down, so it’s only natural that it will take time for us to adjust to the re-opening.
That way, when awkward confrontations arise, you aren’t taken by surprise. You can respond with current data, but personal reasons are much more likely to connect with others because we tend to tune out all the statistics after a while. Approach all interactions with kindness.
“I wear a mask because it shows strangers that I care about them.”
Kids can say and understand this. We’re all doing the best we can; the simple act of continuing to wear a mask in mixed company and close quarters really isn’t about you, it’s about caring for your community.
Ask yourself: what are 5 things I see; 4 things I hear; 3 things I feel; 2 things I smell; 1 thing I taste? In taking the time to notice these things, we begin the process of learning how to be in the moment. This can reduce symptoms of anxiety & help us to feel grounded.
There are many people who are continuing to struggle with their mental health as a result of the pandemic. If you feel unmotivated, unusually sad, anxious, or unable to find joy in the things that you used to, reach out for help. There are resources out there that can help.