Easing Back Into Normality- Lockdown Is Lifting!
Has the news of Lockdown come as a huge relief but you’re also a little nervous and wondering how easy it will be to get back into normal life? It’s okay, many of us are feeling the same! The UFIT Team have come up with a few ideas on how to make things a little less overwhelming in the coming weeks.
It’s okay to say ‘No’!
We get it, everyone has basically been stuck inside staring at the same 4 walls for a year and there’s no doubt about it, with hospitality starting to open up social invites are going to be coming at you left right and centre! You may feel a lot of pressure to say yes to every event or gathering but it’s okay to say ‘No’ if you’re not ready to jump back in or simply not feeling it! After all, striking up a conversation with the spider in the kitchen about his web design business is about as social as we’ve been for 12 months, it’s going to take some getting used to.
Set yourself some new fitness goals
How was your motivation during lockdown? Was a sit-up out of bed the only activity you were doing each morning? Don’t worry, there’s zero judgement here!
Maybe now that gyms are opening and soon travelling out of your local area will be allowed, it could be a great time to set yourself some new fitness goals! Or maybe there was a certain activity that you had been wanting to try but Lockdown got in the way? Why not write yourself some goals and give yourself something specific to work towards! Here are a few suggestions from our team:
- Climb a mountain
- Join a new dance class (Hip Hop, Salsa, Ballet)
- Rock climbing
- Run a certain amount of miles in X amount of time
- Enter an event (Triathlon, Obstacle Race)
Whatever the goal or new activity might be, setting yourself some challenges can bring such a great sense of achievement. Even if the challenge is simply to try something new!
Get stuck in at work and embrace it!
Have you got a little too used to working from home and now the ‘Back to work’ conversation has filled you with fear? ‘What if my jeans don’t fit me anymore?’. ‘Have I forgotten how to speak to other humans face to face?’. ‘How will I wake up to a 7am alarm when I’ve been snoozing until 7.45am every morning?’. Don’t panic!
It’s important to remember that most people have been in the same boat and will be feeling exactly the same as you. The best thing you can do is embrace it! Yeah your jeans might be a little tight and your conversation skills might be equivalent to that of a brick but you’ll get back into the swing of things in no time!
You’ll most likely find that getting your head down and getting stuck into work will help with your overall attitude. Some routine and normality might just be the exact thing you didn’t know you needed. It also makes the weekends feel much more worthwhile!
Make time for yourself every day
It might seem that ‘Me time’ is all you’ve done recently, it probably is! However, just because life is slowly getting back to normal, it’s still so important for your mental health to take a little bit of time for yourself each day.
This time can be spent doing anything that brings you happiness! For example it could be:
- Listening to a podcast
- Going for a drive and singing your heart out to some old school bangers
- Having a Netflix and chill evening
Even if you can only grab 30 minutes, spending time on your own and doing something that you enjoy can make all the difference to your mood!
However you might be feeling about the easing of Lockdown, we hope that this article has helped and given you a few ideas on how to cope with life getting back to normal.