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"Covid normal"? How do we do that?

The content of this post is sourced from ReachOut.org & has been edited for length and clarity.

 

With restrictions and rules changing across Australia, COVID-19 is likely to be a thing for some time. You might be feeling excited or anxious - however you are feeling, your experience is completely valid. It might take some time before things feel 'back to normal', or you may need to establish a 'new normal'...either way, here are 6 steps from ReachOut.com that may help...


1. Go at your own pace

Take this quiz to check in with yourself. It can be a great starting point to pinpoint what's going well, and think about how to improve what isn't going so well:

  • https://au.reachout.com/articles/quiz-checking-in-with-yourself

 

2. Set boundaries

It's common to feel nervous about contracting/passing on COVID-19 as things start to reopen. Have a think about what you are - and aren't - comfortable with, and communicate this to your friends and family. If you don't feel up to hugging yet, or prefer socialising outdoors - that's okay.

 

3. Do the things that keep you well

As restrictions ease, it's more important than ever that you keep practicing self-care. This could look like:


 

4. Be kind to yourself

We are going through an extremely challenging time and it's natural to feel all sorts of emotions - try not to judge yourself for this. Some positive self-talk might be helpful, such as...

"I'm feeling (stressed, excited, mixed feelings) at the moment, and that's okay"

"I'll get through this challenging time, one day at a time"


 

5. Appreciate the little things

What are you looking forward to doing when the time feels right? Seeing friends or family, going out for a coffee, playing team sport?

Remind yourself that you'll enjoy these fun things again soon, and acknowledge that it's okay to take as much time as you need to adjust.

  • https://au.reachout.com/articles/the-how-and-why-of-practising-gratitude

 

6. Talk to people

Sometimes the best way to deal with an issue is to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional.

  • https://au.reachout.com/articles/5-steps-to-talking-to-someone-you-trust

  • https://au.reachout.com/articles/5-tips-for-choosing-the-right-mental-health-professional

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