It is safe to say that we’ve all had enough of the pandemic (thank you very much). Being constantly bombarded with news of COVID case counts, lock-downs, hospital ICU capacity, virus variants, vaccine efficacy, and exhausted health care workers has been challenging to say the least.
Now we’re (finally) starting to hear some positive news: case counts are down, vaccination rates are up, and travel restrictions are easing somewhat. We are all looking forward to getting back to normal – or are we?
A number of people in recent days have expressed anxiety about returning to normal. What does normal even look like now? We have been coping and adjusting to rules and restrictions for so long, it’s hard to know on any given day, what are we allowed or supposed to do:
- How many people can come to my home? Outside? Inside? Masks? No masks? Hugs? Oh, we’re all missing those hugs!
- Can I go to my favourite big-box retailer? And will my “non-essential” items be available for sale?
- What about people in our social bubble who are not getting vaccinated? Or have had one vaccination?
- What about all these mind-numbing variants?
Everyone is trying to figure out what is safe and what is not safe. And it is causing anxiety. Lots of anxiety. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself manage (what feels like) our constant state of flux:
- Keep yourself informed. Being aware of what’s happening will reduce anxiety. Remember knowledge is power! But please be sure that you are reading/watching reliable sources of information – without the drama. Social media is not necessarily the most reliable place to get accurate information. Check your city’s website (City of Hamilton) for updates.
- Take things slowly. If you haven’t been in situations with strangers for sometime (i.e. non-essential retail) consider limiting the amount of time that you are out to ease anxiety. Baby steps.
- Know that others may be feeling the same way you are. Check out my blogs on these topics:
- Ask for help. If you are still confused about the changes consult with a medical professional.
Remember that everyone is trying to figure out how to manage the situation each day. Be patient. Ask for what you need instead of getting upset when someone isn’t following the rules as you interpret them on any given day.
Listening. Guiding. Caring.