By Joel Curtis: Owner/Principal Psychologist at Endeavour Wellness.
Never in our history have we been forced to endure four months of lockdown life. As a community we have learnt to struggle and fight our way through restrictions, isolation and home schooling. While we have done well to get through this, we still have some way to go.
When the re-opening begins, we will be greeted with a number of opportunities to recommence life as we knew it. While this is exciting and motivating, it can also be met with feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Some of us will be able to recommence our lives as normal, however for the majority it won’t be as simple.
Maintaining your mental health will be more important than ever before once the euphoria of the re-opening dies off. It is safe to assume that not all of us will back to business as usual and for those of us who are in that position this “survival guide” will help ensure your mental health is kept in balance.
- Not everything will be exactly the way it was post lockdown so it is OK to feel a sense of letdown and frustration.
- Some restrictions will remain in place so it’s important to maintain a sense of flexibility when leaving your house and engaging in life post lockdown.
- Post lockdown will bring with it an initial sense of worry and anxiety about being exposed to more people, which may increase fear around personal health and safety. It is OK to not be OK, just ensure that you are being kind to yourself and following health guidelines.
- Businesses won’t necessarily be able to recommence as normal and may require a longer lead time before revenue returns to pre lockdown levels. As a business owner it is imperative that you manage your own expectations carefully once you re-start.
- Some of your staff may not be willing to return to the office due to home schooling, health concerns or vaccination issues. It is important for you to have conversations with each team member and offer tailored solutions for their individual needs.
- Above all make sure that you are doing something for yourself each day that helps support your physical and mental health. Go for a walk, run, swim or ride. Engage with you family and friends, and support your fellow local business.