Living with the “New Normal”
Living in the new normal
Set yourself manageable targets
If you are feeling concerned about socialising, write down a list of things that you would really love to do, setting yourself small, achievable targets. This may include meeting a friend for a walk or a coffee in your favourite cafe and gradually build upon these activities as your confidence grows.
Keep talking to someone you trust
This may feel hard to do, however, sharing your experiences, allowing someone to care for you and listen can really help manage any concerns you have. You may want to share the list you’ve written of the things you’d love to do. This will enable someone you trust to encourage and support you to overcome your concerns.
Keep a routine
During the pandemic we all went through many changes that had an impact on our routines. Take time to reflect on your routine now restrictions have fully lifted. Where can your routine stay the same? Having a set time when you go to sleep and wake up or perhaps booking in your diary a time for your favourite hobby each week can really help us to adjust to change.
Practise being mindful
Mindfulness is a technique that you can learn that specifically helps you to notice what’s happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. It can help us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that, instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.
Visit our mindfulness page for our mindful exercises you can try at home here.