Five ways to adjust to the “new normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives. From the way we work to the way we live and even how we are at home, we’ve all had to make some serious adjustments. What’s more is that these changes have happened almost overnight, giving us little time to get to grips with the “new normal”.

As a result, people from all walks of life have found themselves struggling to navigate this change. This has led many into survival mode as they attempt to live as normal over this time. For most of us, we’re all just doing our best and for now, that’s all we can do. Whilst we might not know how long this is going to last, there are a few tips we can share to make the adjustment a little easier.

  • You’re allowed to feel

We all have different emotions at a time like this, especially when things are so different, uncertain and temporary. You are well within your rights to feel a bit strange about it all. Remember, that what you feel might be different from your spouse or colleague. Some might encounter anger or stress whilst others feel grief and frustration. Decide on what’s important to you and within your control at this time and focus on that. It’ll keep you from dwelling on the things that don’t matter.

  • It’s a process after all…

Feeling comfortable with the new normal isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s a process that unfolds differently for everyone. Be patient with others and with yourself as you get used to new routines and ways of life. This will help you respect where others are in their own journey as opposed to where you are right now.

  • Don’t get consumed by everything you see in the news

Yes, stay informed. No, don’t be drawn in by each piece of news that gets shared online and on TV. Be aware of fake news that can have a terrible impact on your psyche in times of isolation. Pick your sources carefully and be sure to give yourself some offline downtime every day.

  • Be positive at all costs!

In periods of uncertainty, your mindset can be your biggest ally or your worst enemy. Positivity is key here and will help you come through this as a stronger person. Be mindful of your thoughts and be sure to encourage yourself (and others) along the way. Things will return to a state of normalcy after a while but for now, we have to just go with it.

  • Set routines and boundaries

A solid routine for sleeping, working, exercising and even healthy eating will help you feel your best during stressful times. It’ll also help you cope emotionally with the uncertainty of the pandemic. You don’t have to be strict about it but sticking to a framework certainly helps. Use some of this time to set positive boundaries with those who tend to expect too much. Boundaries are essential for self-care and can only help you live a better life.

Whatever comes, we’re ready

No one knows when this will be over but what we do know is that our team are always here to help no matter what you need. Stay safe, healthy and happy. This too will pass.

We’re always here for you, whenever you need us and even when you don’t. At this difficult time, we wish you, your staff and loved ones health, safety and happiness.