As the restrictions start to ease on this roadmap out of a country-wide lockdown, our immediate thought may be to submerge ourselves into every activity, visit every bar and shop and see as many of our friends as we can.
While of course many of us are longing to get back to the life we knew before, it’s important to be mindful that throwing ourselves at a taste of normality might not be what we actually want or what our mind needs.
We must remember that we’ve spent so long living within government restrictions and actually, whether we’re aware of it or not, we may feel overwhelmed once we’re out.
We might find that our priorities have changed or that our circles are now much smaller. Or we might find that there are so many people now to catch up with, that the issue now becomes lack of time to fit everyone in.
Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, whether you’re reaction is as expected or not, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Our ‘self-care’ doesn’t end simply now that we’re not stuck at home.
You’d hope that the last year has taught us to listen to our bodies and minds, noticing what we need to do in order to relax and de-stress and also take note of areas we need to pay more attention to.
It’s not easy, we don’t always have the ‘time’ to give to ourselves, but bear it in mind when you’re booked up every weekend for the next few months and you’re perhaps starting to burn out.