Social meet-ups with friends, gatherings with family and relatives, and attending many social events might sound quite daunting right now.
During the pandemic, we all got very comfortable doing most of the things alone and at home. Restaurants, pubs, offices, and social gatherings, in general, were a thing we longed for massively. Now that restrictions are being slowly lifted, many people are delighted and excited to see and meet all their family and friends. Still, for some, the possibility of meeting and socialising with people may seem a little scary and even trigger some anxious feelings.
What is post-pandemic anxiety?
Covid-19 and the restriction it brought has had a significant impact on everyone’s lives. In the beginning, we had to shift the way we did things every day and adjust to the new normal. But now that things are going back to normal, we have to readjust our daily lives yet again, and for some, these instabilities, uncertainties, and constant changes can be challenging.
Post-pandemic anxiety can come in different forms. You may be stressed, worried, feeling a little unmotivated, and even feeling anti-social. It is important to remember that having these feelings are okay, and just like you, your family members, friends, work colleagues, and others around you are most likely feeling the same way.
How to cope with Post-Pandemic Anxiety?
The key is to take it slow and give yourself enough time. Do things one step at a time and things that you feel comfortable with. There is no point in trying to rush or pressure yourself into doing things you are uncomfortable with, as this will harm your well-being even more- start with short walks around your local park or a one-to-one meet-up with a close friend.
It is also essential to maintain your boundaries. If your friend and family persist on something you are not comfortable with yet, tell yourself that it is okay to say no. Most of the time, your closest ones are likely to understand, especially if you communicate with them clearly that you are not comfortable with what they are asking you to do.
Talking to someone about your feeling towards going back to normal will help massively. Talk to your close friends, family members, or even your work colleagues. Conversing about your well-being and mental health will help you let out all your worries and help identify people on the same boat. If you feel that they should be confidential conversations, you can always try counselling or therapy service.
Mynurva provides a range of confidential remote therapy services, including for post-pandemic anxiety and depressions. Get in touch with us to learn how our services work and how our therapists can help you prioritise your mental health.
Meanwhile, here is a quick recap on how you can cope with post-pandemic anxiety a little better.
- Go easy on yourself and do not rush into doing things you are not comfortable doing.
- Set boundaries and communicate clearly with your loved ones.
- Don’t dwell too much on what could happen. Focus on the present.
- Talk to qualified therapists who will guide you towards better mental health.
- Take one step at a time. Start with simple things such as taking a walk, going groceries, meeting only one friend at a time before diving into more challenging steps.