The past few months have been a bounce between two things: a wonderful breath of relief from the ridiculous tasks of everyday life, and a horrible anxious fever dream of unfortunate events that keep piling on top of each other. Either way, the past few months of life under quarantine has been something completely out of the norm.
There has also been so much content on how to adjust to life during quarantine, that we haven’t thought about life after quarantine. Unfortunately, we can’t completely go “back to normal”.
Now we have to adjust to a “new normal”, whether or not you believe it’s the time to do it. Here are some ways to try and re-adjust to the “new normal” with life in quarantine without going insane.
1. Understand that it Takes Time to Adjust.
Do you remember the first few weeks of the stay at home order? For a lot of people, it was difficult to work with the new consequences of staying at home. Some people lost their jobs, parents were trying to figure out how to take care of their kids, students were going to class in their kitchens, and the majority struggled to deal with the anxiety and unknown that results from a global pandemic.
It’s a global pandemic!
Everyone’s routines were violently uprooted, and going from one routine to having to create a new one takes up a lot of time and mental resources to adjust to. Now that some of us have finally found some stability under the stay-at-home order, the country is trying to open up again!
The problem with this is we can’t switch back to our “old routine”. We need to create a completely new routine to align with more freedom of re-opening, but still within the boundaries of social distancing. We still have to wear masks, we have to be cautious, and social distancing should still be applied.
All of this madness should seem simple on the outside. “Okay I just have to follow a couple more rules and be careful whatever it’s fine”. What we don’t realize sometimes is how all these seemingly small changes build up and can affect how we function. (I’m sure a lot of you have learned how difficult it is to breathe and move around with a face mask).
It takes time to adjust to even the smallest of things, and with this pandemic, it’s understandable to take even longer time to find our feet.
Just be gentle with yourself. Don’t get too caught up on whether or not your doing everything to the best of your capabilities, because just getting through the day is enough of a hassle.
2. Re-evaluate What’s Important to You
The pandemic stripped people of their usual distractions like shopping, eating out, going to cafes, and watching movies. So many people spent more time indoors, which gave them a lot of free time.
Some lifestyle bloggers and youtubers recommended to take that time to reflect on your life. Are you satisfied with where you are, and which direction your life is heading? If you haven’t evaluated yourself, now is the perfect time to do it as we re-open.
Is it time to find another job? Is it time to stick to that hobby that you tried during quarantine? Maybe the gym isn’t quite calling your name, but you understand it’s finally time to get your health together.
As incredibly busy people, we forget there’s various components to life, and we tend to focus on just one or two things (our job and the bills). We forget that we need to connect with our loved ones, we need to explore things that interest us, and we need to find all the things in life that make us help us to keep going.
So as we’re stepping back into the world, allow yourself to dig deep and reach for what you want to do.
3. Stop Taking Life So Seriously
Life is taxing, it’s difficult, and there are so many challenges and struggles everyone has to face. It can be incredibly scary at times. With this pandemic, there are a lot of things to fear, and a lot of things to worry over.
With that being said, don’t put even more burdens onto yourself. There are endless factors that cannot be controlled, so don’t try to control them! Worrying about every little thing is exhausting, and constantly worrying doesn’t change anything.
Make sure you laugh things off when you can. Enjoy what’s around you. Try to appreciate what you have in the moment, and sit with the idea that you will be okay. At this very moment, at this very time in our lives, make sure you take it in with as much grace as you can.
Find different ways to connect with others. Send your friends letters like we’re back in the 1800’s just for fun, send them a playlist (the 90’s are coming back send them a mixtape). Reach out to random acquaintences just to say “Hey, hope you’re doing well!” and brush it off if you get no response. Bake cookies for your siblings, give your mom a flower from a random park bush. Do these little things that weren’t so common before the pandemic.
There are so many of people on this planet who focus on themselves. Everyone spends so much time mulling over problems in their heads that they forget to look up and live.
Relax for a bit! Don’t take life too seriously. We’ve only got one life. Might as well be as good as we can make it.
Everything seems easier said than done, and that is something universally acknowledged. Getting back to work, trying to form different routines, and honing in a healthy mindset for the “new normal” may seem impossible at the moment.
Just take everything day by day, hour by hour, and understand that doing your best doesn’t have to result in perfect outcomes. Doing your best is enough, and we’ll get to where we need to be eventually.
Hope that everyones find’s peace as they find their lives after quarantine.