Getting Back into the Swing of Real Life

The last six months have been surreal. Depending on where you live, like most of us, you might have also spent some time in total lockdown. Only allowed out of the house for the absolute essentials like food and medicine, unable to go to work or to see loved ones from outside of your house. 

As of recently some of the restrictions have changed, you've probably been through so many changes, with your routines having to be adapted to meet certain regulations, and to keep you and your family safe and healthy. 

For most of us, it’s been a challenging time, filled with anxiety, uncertainty, and change. You might have felt scared and lonely. Anxiety or changes to your work pattern might have meant that you’ve struggled to sleep, and if you’ve taken comfort in fatty foods and alcohol, and you aren’t alone. I'm right there with you when it comes to feeling anxious and scared at times.

But, the time has come to get back to some form of normalcy if you haven’t already. Your workplace might be open, your children might be back at school or currently attending online school, and you might even be keen on seeing friends and family a little more. And I don't blame you.

Getting back into the swing of things might be a little harder than we’d expect, however. Some might have gained some weight, lost momentum in their fitness regimen, and lost sight of daily got routines. 

It’s hardly a surprise that at the end of our first week back to work, we’re exhausted and uneasy. 

Here are a few tips to help you get through some of that uneasiness.

Take Care of You & Your Health

The pandemic isn’t over because schools and workplaces are open. Nor has it replaced other illnesses that we commonly struggle with at this time of the year. Look at the most popular Medicare supplement plan, find ways to boost your immune system, and practice effective hand washing and social distancing, to protect yourself as you get back to normal. 

Get Back into a Routine

The best thing that you can do if you want to adjust back to real life quickly is to establish a routine. It might not be the same as your old one, and it might still be subject to change, but doing the same every day is one of the best ways to get used to things quickly. 

Build Your Fitness Levels Gradually

Even if you have managed to exercise during lockdown, your fitness levels might not be where they were, and expecting them to be will only cause disappointment. 

Exercising, and building strength and stamina will help to increase your energy levels and make the return to real life easier to handle. But, you shouldn’t try to push yourself too hard in the early days. Build-up gradually, prioritizing warm-ups and cool-downs, and rest when your body needs it. 

Cut Down on Some of the Alcohol

In lockdown, a glass of wine at home, when we couldn’t go out, was a comfort, and we never had to worry about getting up the next day. Now early mornings are back, reducing your alcohol intake, and going to bed earlier, could make those early starts easier to get used to. 

We adjust quickly. You may feel a bit tired for the first few weeks, but as long as you take care of yourself, it shouldn’t last for long. 

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