It’s been over a year since the start of the pandemic, but there does seem to be some light at the end of this quarantine tunnel. No, really. Vaccines are being created quickly, and their effectiveness is quite promising. In many states, all adults can, or are about to, get the vaccine; not just the elderly.
When you came into lockdown, you couldn’t wait to get out. Now, you may have some anxiety coming back into normalcy. If this is you, here are some things to remember as you integrate back into society.
Things Won’t Instantly Go Back To Normal
Even if you have a vaccine, you are not going to return to normal just yet. For one thing, you still need to wear a mask. Even if you are vaccinated, vaccines don’t fully work until there is herd immunity. If you’re in a group and everyone is vaccinated, that’s one thing. However, you may still need to wear a mask for the time being.
Also, there are some places that may not reopen just yet. Are you excited for a concert in a few months? Don’t be surprised if it gets pushed back again.
In Some Cases, You May Like The Conveniences Brought Thanks To COVID
Are you working from home thanks to COVID? You may find that even though you can return to your job safely, you may prefer the convenience of not having to wear pants all the time while you are working. The same applies to ordering DoorDash or watching movies on Netflix instead of going to the theater.
Don’t think that you have to go back to 2019 entirely. Take what you like about the pandemic and keep doing it.
Don’t Get Rid Of Your Progress
With the lockdown, many people spent their time improving. Maybe you wanted to learn a new language for when you were able to travel abroad again. Perhaps you spent time improving art. Your goal may have been to drink less, and the lack of parties made it so that this was easier.
When the world feels open again, do not drop everything you’ve done to improve as a person.
There’s No Shame In Taking A Vacation
Once you are able to do so safely, don’t be ashamed if you want to take a vacation from work to explore the world. If you can afford it, then do it! It’s as simple as that.
COVID-19 made many of us regret not doing more before the pandemic started. Maybe you regret not going to more events, or perhaps you want to consider moving abroad. Well, your life is far from over. Take that vacation! Enjoy life! You will be glad you did.
With That Said, There’s Also No Rush
Do you feel emotionally drained? Then you don’t have to rush back to your friends immediately. Did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your finances? Then don’t spend money on a trip you cannot afford.
It’s essential to get your life together as we start to return to normalcy. Do not feel as though you have to rush going back into a world you are not ready for.
If you feel anxious returning to normalcy, speak with a therapist or a counselor. If you aren’t vaccinated, or you do not feel like leaving your home, online therapy is one such resource you can use to help you prepare for normalcy.
BetterHelp is a website that can assist you in that. It can connect you to a therapist who can help you on your own schedule. If you are someone who doesn’t want to leave your home, speak to a therapist online today.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.