Covid-19 hit us all with a thud. It’s affected us all in many ways and it has brought a lot of different emotions including sadness but also calm and understanding. Yes, it's been a very difficult time for everyone but it's also had its positives. We have been able to slow down, take care of ourselves, learn new hobbies and focus on the aspects of our lives that we usually give no time to at all, as we are ‘too busy’.
Me personally? Well, I’ve regained my love for drawing, I’ve spent a lot of time organising, exploring nature and making effort to keep in touch with my loved ones. As hard as it’s been at times, it’s been nice to sit back, breathe and learn more things about myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we will all adapt and feel when everything goes back to ‘normal’ and how this might affect our mental health and wellbeing. We have moulded our new study and work routines, our new way of living and our new way of socialising.
Some may say we have found a new comfort and a sort of hibernation form of living. Everyone is saying how much they miss their family, friends, pubs, holidays etc. However, are we also loving the comfort of staying at home, living in our jogging bottoms, having no plans and not having to worry about facing situations that we normally would?
I’m a social person but even I will miss the extra hour in bed, the ease of socialising from my bed with no makeup on and working wrapped in a blanket on the sofa with a big old mug of hot chocolate with the kitchen right next door.
So how can we make the transition back to our Covid-19 free lives a little bit less daunting?
I think it’s important to not lose all the new hobbies and ways of living that we have gained and enjoyed over the past few months. I am going to make sure I carry on with my pre-work exercise every morning, make time to draw and keep in contact with my friends and family that I have heard more from throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. I need to keep that support network close that I’ve built up and spent so much time with virtually throughout this pandemic.
We also all need to take time to sit back and breathe more. I’m bad for it and I have definitely enjoyed just laying down and watching a box set or listening to music on my own. I can’t wait to get back in the pub, have nights in with the girls, and travel to see my brother but I need to remember not to do it all at once and it’s ok to say no. We all need to say no more, admit you need some me time, without making up an ‘i’m busy’ excuse. It’s totally acceptable to feel tired and not want to do anything, it’s your body’s way of telling you to chill out.
I’m also fully aware that a lot of people might find the whole social scene a little frightening after so much time away from it and that’s totally normal too. Be kind to yourself, just meet one friend for dinner or a few friends in the park once a week and build it up that way.
Covid-19 has been the most challenging time and may continue to be so for a while longer but don’t let it stick with you by tiring yourself out or being mean to yourself because you are finding it hard to get back to your old routine or balance your work and social life. We are all human. You've got this!
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Written by: Jordan Leitch