While the disease has not gone away entirely, the age of panicking and locking down over COVID-19 outbreaks is now over in much of the world. However, while we are all generally celebrating this return to normality, we cannot deny the many profound ways that this pandemic has impacted us as individuals and as a larger society.
For some, time spent in isolation, quarantine, and lockdowns has been so long and become so much a part of life, that they are actually finding it hard to readjust to the ‘free’ life that we all took for granted in the recent past. If you are struggling with the adjustment, hopefully, the following advice will help:
Seek Help for Dealing with Anxiety
For many, there’s lingering anxiety about going back into the world and restoring our regular social lives. Even after being vaccinated, and with death rates from COVID-19 plummeting to around 0.2%, we still fear infection. While that fear is good in the sense that it can help keep us healthy and free of COVID, it can also turn into anxiety that really takes over our lives.
It’s best to look for anxiety counselling in Perth, or wherever you’re based, and try to work through these feelings of anxiety if you can. You can’t allow them to take over your life to the extent where you feel as though your only safe path is to remain isolated permanently.
Keep Using Masks and Distancing In Busy Public Places
If you feel safer by continuing to wear a mask and keeping a safe social distance from people when you’re going to busy or crowded public places, then you shouldn’t feel any shame in doing so. Many people who have never had the disease before don’t wish to get it now after successfully dodging it for so long, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If masks and other PPE help you feel protected, then don’t feel ashamed of continuing, no matter what some people might say. There’s no useful stigma when it comes to good public health.
Start with Small Steps
Feeling apprehensive about getting back into the same kind of social life we had before the pandemic is understandable for the same reasons we outlined in the previous point above. Therefore, it’s a good idea for some people to just take things nice and slow. Start, for example, with a small gathering of close friends at home, perhaps just 2-3 extra people at the most. You could have a little barbecue in the backyard, drink some wine and beers together, enjoy some steaks…it’ll be nice.
Step by step, you can build back into the kind of life you had before, steadily overcoming your apprehension. Never let others push you or feel that you’re recovering too slowly. Go at your own pace and you’ll get there when you get there.
Keep an Eye on Local Developments
While restrictions are being lifted, COVID-19 is still with us as an illness, and likely will be for some time, perhaps even permanently. Therefore, keeping one eye on local developments, case numbers, and outbreaks is a good idea for those who are concerned. If cases are creeping up, they can slow their social life back down a little to feel safer, and vice versa.
Ask About a Booster Shot
Finally, if you’re within a group that is more vulnerable to the effects of COVID, then ask your doctor or local hospital about getting a vaccine booster. It won’t prevent you from ever getting infected, but it will deliver an extra layer of protection and reduce the severity of symptoms. Vaccines have been shown to be very effective in this sense, even protecting the Queen from COVID at age 95.