• Joanna Glassock

4 Tips on how to readjust to life following lockdown

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is still very much a global issue, with the continued roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine programme, lockdown restrictions beginning to be lifted in the UK and other parts of the world, and a glimmer of hope that we may be seeing our way out of this global pandemic, slowly but surely, the question on a lot of people’s minds is…"how do I readjust to life going forward once we are out of lockdown?”

The answer in short is... "there is no one size fits all answer as this will look different for each and every person.”

However, here are a few tips on things that might help you find your answer.

Tip 1 - Go at your pace

Firstly, take your time and go at the pace that feels right to you. Everyone is different and will view this time differently. Some people are really excited and cannot wait to get out there and start seeing people and doing the things they have been unable to do in such a long time, whereas others may be feeling more apprehensive. Talking to someone about how you are feeling can help you explore what will support you through this period of readjustment.

Tip 2 - Take time to process what you have been through

Take the time to reflect on what the past year or so has meant to you. For many of us, we have been existing on autopilot, just getting through it, so it is important to take the time now to reflect on and process what we have been through and the impact it has had on us, the people around us and society in general (positives and negatives). Writing down your thoughts or talking to someone about how you are feeling can really help.

Tip 3 - What lessons can you take to influence your future?

Remember, you do not have to rush back into doing everything like you did before the pandemic, rushing around, doing everything. This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the positives you can take away from this time and consider if you would like to maintain any of these. Instead of viewing the past year as something that happened TO you, change your perspective and look at it as something that happened FOR you. What I mean by this is, if we view it as something happening TO us, we feel a lack of control. However, if we view it as something that happened FOR us, we gain a sense of control as we can choose how we interpret situations and events. Think what are the positives I can take away? Even when something is hard and challenging it can bring us valuable lessons, for example, we may now appreciate the simplest things in life such as spending time with loved ones, or having more time to do the things we enjoy rather than rushing all over the place, trying to do everything or, from a business perspective, we can be adaptable and find new ways of working and serving our customers.

To help you do this, here are some simple steps.

Take some time to reflect on:

1. What was life like for you before Covid-19? (the positives and the negatives)

2. What has life been like for you during the pandemic? (the positives and the negatives)

3. What do you want your life to be like going forward?

Then find a balance from points 1 and 2 and plan how you can marry them together and the action steps you can take going towards to create the life you want and how you want to live it.

Tip 4 - Create space for communication within the workplace

When it comes to work - whether as an employer or employee - communication is going to be key. As I said earlier, this is going to be different for each person, but collectively we have been through one of the biggest global challenges in our lifetime, so everyone needs to feel like they have a voice and that they will be heard. By providing a culture for open and honest discussions, this will enable individuals and businesses to move forward successfully. Whilst it is important to acknowledge not all of these discussions are going to be easy, but by bringing it to the table and enabling people to both express and appreciate each other’s view points, then collectively progress can be made.

Whilst there is no blueprint on how to readjust to life moving forwards that can be applied to everyone and achieve the same outcome, by acknowledging people’s differences, giving time and space to reflect on and plan how best to move forward, and by providing a safe space to facilitate open and honest two way conversations, together we will move forward stronger.

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