The global pandemic has led to multiple lockdowns in several countries, and we faced a world of uncertainty and unfamiliarity owing to drastic changes brought in our way of life. Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, people are trying to settle into this “new normal” in their own ways. It will create new anxieties and real fear over the prospect of stepping back into a very different version of everyday life. The uncertain situations of this year have led to changes in our personal and professional lives. We’ve faced difficulties in adjusting into new ways of relationships, living and working from home. The phase of lockdown has also impacted the mental health of the people. It has led to fear, change in lifestyle, new ways of going out, new ways of meeting and greeting your loved ones and a new work environment. We saw different ways used by people to adjust into this phase as spending time with family, indulging in creative activities, working on their hobbies, helping others, spending time with themselves or by taking one day at a time. In these difficult times, we learned, helped, lived through the tough and never ending days and explored new things about ourselves and others.
The “new normal” environment after the easing of lockdowns led to an addition of things in our lifestyle such as wearing a face mask, carrying sanitizers, social distancing, meeting, working with others by keeping in mind the precautions, etc. Once the pandemic is over, it will take time for all of us to fit these new normal things into our daily routine. It will also lead to anxiety, stress and difficulty as change is difficult to accept and adapt. Those with health issues will face fear; anxiety about their health will creep into their minds as a result of this new normal environment. The “new normal” has a positive impact also, as we can meet people and go out but with certain new adjustment in our life. This new normal lifestyle brings different benefits, drawbacks and changes into the lives of the people.
There are certain tips which may help you in adjusting into a “new normal” environment at a personal or professional level in your life.
- You can work upon the skills which you think will be important in the adjustment in work environment such as using technology, new ways of settling at the workplace, time and task management while working from home, etc.
- You can make a list of items or place a stick note in your homes, to be reminded of the things that you have to carry with you when going out.
- Consider this phase a small chapter in your life instead of considering it your whole life. It means to break it down which will help in easing the tension because of the new changes.
- To accept that certain things are beyond our control and life is a mixture of sailing through tough time and the moments of happiness.
- Focus on what you can do rather than on things which you can’t do. For example, consider meeting your friends or closed ones after few months as a moment in which you can share, express yourself and not focus upon the masks, sanitizers or distancing during the time of the meeting.
- Practise self-care.
- Don’t be unnecessarily hard on yourself and give yourself time to adjust to these new changes at your workplace and in your personal life.
- You can always share your difficulties related to the new normal life with your loved ones.
- You can show gratitude to the people around you who are working for your safety, helping you in this difficult time or the people who make the change into new normal easy and supportive.
- Don’t forget to take self-compassion breaks.
- Be kind to yourself, forgive and accept yourself.
- Be polite towards yourself. These changes are difficult for all of us and we are doing our best to adjust to the new normal.
- Take timely breaks from work and chores.
- Make to-do lists.
- Reward yourself after completing tasks.
- Stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.
- Seek professional help if your anxiety gets out of hand.
The new normal environment has led to certain changes in our lives in terms of carrying things like masks, sanitizer, new rules and regulations, taking precautions, new ways of meeting and greeting people, new environment of work, managing work-life balance, dealing with layoffs, stressing about completing your school or degree so on and so forth. The list of changes that this uncertainty has brought in our lives and its impact are difficult for us to deal and adjust with. These new normal changes are difficult for us and for the people around us as well. In these situations of adjusting to new things at the personal and professional level, we need to be kind, accepting and forgiving towards ourselves and others. We need to take breaks, show gratitude, express ourselves, focus on the things which we can do, learn new skills, be patient, take it one day at a time and believe that we are all in this together. This is just a chapter in our lives, not our whole life, and together we will adjust to it in given time. Remember that adjustment to the new normal is difficult for all of us and we are doing our best to adjust and adapt to new changes. Don’t compare yourself with others, or push yourself too hard to work upon something, give yourself time and take care of yourself.
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