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Re-entering Society After Quarantine

Posted on July 21 2020

Despite our tight schedules, the effects of Covid-19 have definitely put an emergency brake on all of our lives and “forcing” us to take things slow. We are all looking forward to our normal routine. Life when we are all not so wary of people coughing and sneezing near us, touching the surfaces of public properties freely, eating out at crowded restaurants, and not having to breathe through a mask.

Despite our tight schedules, the effects of Covid-19 have definitely put an emergency brake on all of our lives and “forcing” us to take things slow. We are all looking forward to our normal routine. Life when we are all not so wary of people coughing and sneezing near us, touching the surfaces of public properties freely, eating out at crowded restaurants, and not having to breathe through a mask.

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It takes 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. While some of us are struggling with the restrictions, some introverts and workaholics are, in fact, seeking relief and a sense of balance with the new normal. There is now time to focus on all the things that have to be put aside, to relax and socialize virtually without running low on your “social battery.”

It takes 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. While some of us are struggling with the restrictions, some introverts and workaholics are, in fact, seeking relief and a sense of balance with the new normal. There is now time to focus on all the things that have to be put aside, to relax and socialize virtually without running low on your “social battery.”

But now that the lock down has started to ease, cities, and workplaces are re-opening, we are re-entering the society again after over 3 months of “isolation.” It is completely understandable to feel anxious of going out again. However, you can tackle that anxiousness with a healthy dose of awareness, here are few steps you can consider,

1. Find your alone-time

Adjusting into a new routine does not mean fitting in straight away. Seek the balance you have adopted during quarantine by taking one day a week to be alone and relax. Allow yourself to take things slow and not give in to the pressure of being constantly productive and positive.

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But now that the lock down has started to ease, cities, and workplaces are re-opening, we are re-entering the society again after over 3 months of “isolation.” It is completely understandable to feel anxious of going out again. However, you can tackle that anxiousness with a healthy dose of awareness, here are few steps you can consider,

1. Find your alone-time

Adjusting into a new routine does not mean fitting in straight away. Seek the balance you have adopted during quarantine by taking one day a week to be alone and relax. Allow yourself to take things slow and not give in to the pressure of being constantly productive and positive.

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2. Do not feel guilty for saying no

Cramming every meet-up in your social calendar may cause your anxiousness to worsen. You might find it is hard to say no even when you are feeling overwhelmed, but it is important to tell people what you are struggling with. You will be glad to find out that most of them will understand your feelings. Take it easy, and be honest with what you feel.

2. Do not feel guilty for saying no

Cramming every meet-up in your social calendar may cause your anxiousness to worsen. You might find it is hard to say no even when you are feeling overwhelmed, but it is important to tell people what you are struggling with. You will be glad to find out that most of them will understand your feelings. Take it easy, and be honest with what you feel.

“It’s about being informed. It’s about knowing what is dangerous and just having a sense of how [corona virus] is being transmitted.” “It’s about doing your part, and having a plan for how you're going to manage different situations to reduce the unexpected.”

Michael Brustein

“It’s about being informed. It’s about knowing what is dangerous and just having a sense of how [corona virus] is being transmitted.” “It’s about doing your part, and having a plan for how you're going to manage different situations to reduce the unexpected.”

Michael Brustein

3. Stay informed

A New-York based psychologist specializing in anxiety, Michael Brustein said, “It’s about being informed. It’s about knowing what is dangerous and just having a sense of how [corona virus] is being transmitted.” “It’s about doing your part, and having a plan for how you're going to manage different situations to reduce the unexpected.” Burstein also suggests gradually going out in public, so you will not be crippled by anxiety when the time comes.

3. Stay informed

A New-York based psychologist specializing in anxiety, Michael Brustein said, “It’s about being informed. It’s about knowing what is dangerous and just having a sense of how [coronavirus] is being transmitted.” “It’s about doing your part, and having a plan for how you're going to manage different situations to reduce the unexpected.” Burstein also suggests gradually going out in public, so you will not be crippled by anxiety when the time comes.

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4. Be kind and patient with your loved ones

You need your alone time, but it is also contenting to be around the people who care about you. With all the new changes in our lives, being supportive and a good listener can help ease the struggle of others. Now more than ever, it is important to be kind and patient to one another and to ourselves.

4. Be kind and patient with your loved ones

You need your alone time, but it is also contenting to be around the people who care about you. With all the new changes in our lives, being supportive and a good listener can help ease the struggle of others. Now more than ever, it is important to be kind and patient to one another and to ourselves.

5. Get plenty of sleep

It is frustrating when you are in desperate need of sleep, but your anxiety is at its peak. You glance at the time and worry about how much time is left until morning comes. Get longer hours of sleep and rest by putting away all your gadgets as the blue light signals your brain it is time to wake up. Squeeze your legs and upper body for a few seconds to help them relax, focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Be aware of your sleeping habits and sneak in more hours to get enough rest.

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5. Get plenty of sleep

It is frustrating when you are in desperate need of sleep, but your anxiety is at its peak. You glance at the time and worry about how much time is left until morning comes. Get longer hours of sleep and rest by putting away all your gadgets as the blue light signals your brain it is time to wake up. Squeeze your legs and upper body for a few seconds to help them relax, focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Be aware of your sleeping habits and sneak in more hours to get enough rest.

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6. Practice Self-care

Workout regularly and try that diet you have always wanted to. Now is also the time for you to put on the new outfit you have put together during quarantine. Get yourself a sleek haircut, trim your facial hair and get ready to be a stunner when you are back to the office.

6. Practice Self-care

Workout regularly and try that diet you have always wanted to. Now is also the time for you to put on the new outfit you have put together during quarantine. Get yourself a sleek haircut, trim your facial hair and get ready to be a stunner when you are back to the office.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Studies show that anxiety can easily make you irritated and angry. They can negatively impact your relationship with your partner and family members in times when you actually need them the most. Whenever you “catch” yourself feeling upset, you can try focusing on your breathing, distance yourself until you have calmed down or tell the surrounding people what you are feeling. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. If you are experiencing a worsening conditioning, contact your local mental health provider who will assist you with fully professional guidance.

7. Do not be afraid to ask for help

Studies show that anxiety can easily make you irritated and angry. They can negatively impact your relationship with your partner and family members in times when you actually need them the most.

Whenever you “catch” yourself feeling upset, you can try focusing on your breathing, distance yourself until you have calmed down or tell the surrounding people what you are feeling.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. If you are experiencing a worsening conditioning, contact your local mental health provider who will assist you with fully professional guidance.

Some aspects are fully within our control and some are beyond our reach. Play your part by putting on a mask, practicing social distancing, washing and disinfecting your hands, and be a part of a bigger movement towards ending this pandemic.

Some aspects are fully within our control and some are beyond our reach. Play your part by putting on a mask, practicing social distancing, washing and disinfecting your hands, and be a part of a bigger movement towards ending this pandemic.

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