Are you ready, willing and able to emerge from your ‘post-pandemic shell’
Are you ready, willing and able to emerge from your ‘post-pandemic shell’? Difficulties with fully re-entering society after a prolonged separation may prove daunting, or even anxiety-producing. Utilizing a gradual, mindful approach may be worthwhile.
Wade into the depths of societal waters by asking yourself what is most important for your personal comfort zone: How will I balance my home time with social time? What self-care rituals or new habits can I implement to offset any sense of overwhelm?
The detrimental effects of isolation on physical and mental health has been well-documented. The global pandemic placed all of us at risk for many types of health issues. It’s time to benefit from the good things that outside socializing can provide. When you’re sensing an anxiety attack may be approaching, try the following:
- Connect with individuals that you’ve lost touch with during the pandemic, whether they’re co-workers, family members or a friend who is always upbeat and encouraging. Don’t gravitate toward pessimistic or anxious people, but those who you know will lift your spirits. Try to include some form of face time, instead of just a call or email. Of course your companion animals are there for you and very good listeners!
- Create and include a regular routine of specific self-care, whether it’s a walk in Nature, which tops everyone’s list, even if it’s a city park, or an herbal-infused bath, or a hobby that you enjoy, as creativity is always therapeutic!
- For your physical manifestations of anxiety, such as insomnia, and the mind-chatter that often causes it, look to your diet and your vices. Screen time, for example, emits blue light that hampers melatonin production. Avoid it at least 1 hour before bed time. There are safe, effective herbal remedies at your local market for relaxation and sleep, such as passionflower, hops and valerian root. And don’t forget good ol’ Chamomile, everyone’s go-to tea. Have a soothing cup or two, and remember, your body and your feelings are partners. Treat each of them with respect!
By continuously checking-in with your feelings, particularly if you find yourself suddenly over-extending, you can stay grounded. Make frequent adjustments to your boundaries surrounding time spent away from home. With a plan in place, you can face the world again, and enjoy it.