With COVID-19 restrictions lifting it’s possible to return to a more normal life of work and social activities, but while most of us have looked forward to this, adjusting to a new normal will take time. Here are some tips for settling into the next phase.
Respect the process
It takes time to adjust to any new circumstances, even those we’ve looked forward to. This adjustment is a process and it will look and feel different to each of us. It’s not linear or well-defined and not ‘one size fits all.’ It can be uncomfortable and even anxiety provoking. That’s normal.
Stay patient and adaptable
Be respectful of where you are in the process and be kind to yourself. Don’t rush. Take one day at a time and be willing to adapt your plans, goals or expectations to match your feelings and what’s manageable each day. Life is not yet where it was before COVID - it may never be - so we can’t expect the same behaviour and performance of ourselves or others.
Allow your new routine to evolve
For many of us it took time to find a new routine for life at home. The same will apply now. Routine helps to create a sense of normalcy but if we’re too rigid or our expectations are too high we’re likely to feel frustrated and disappointed if those expectations are not met. Look for opportunities for a new routine to take shape and let it evolve.
Find pockets of joy
When we’re facing change it’s normal to notice and dwell on the struggles and discomfort ahead of the moments of joy. Keep an eye out for those positive micro moments in each day and take the time to savour them as you adjust to the new normal; a moment in the sun, your work coffee ritual, a smile from a friend. These all add up to help us feel calm, content and capable to taking on whatever life brings.
Platypus Coworking has reopened to the public so when you feel ready we are here for you to come in and work, may this be for one day or more. Learn more