It is said that on average, it takes just over two months before a new behaviour becomes a habit— 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behaviour, the person, and the circumstances. We've all been isolating in our homes for over a month now and just when we started to adjust to the new normal, the lockdown has started to ease and will eventually be removed.
Eventually we will go back to our old routines. While we all looking forward to it and wish to keep reminding ourselves of the lessons learnt during this unfortunate time, it might be a little difficult for us to bounce back to our old routines.
Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for life after quarantine.
1. Mentally prepare yourself
It’s healthy to be optimistic and keep a positive outlook on life. However we must prepare ourselves if we don’t adjust into our old routines right away. We must prepare ourselves not to give into the pressure of being productive, grateful or positive. There are chances we might feel overwhelmed and anxious and that is completely normal and healthy as long as you acknowledge and don’t force yourself to fit in.
2. Be kind and patient
While it will be exciting to meet our friends again, learn to be understanding towards others. We don’t know how everyone is coping with the situation at hand. There might be many who have no trouble readjusting to their old life but there will be some who may struggle. Be kind and understanding towards others. Show them support, lend them a listening ear and help them cope once the old normal returns.
3. Don’t feel guilty
Just because the lockdown has eased and will hopefully soon be over, don’t feel pressurised into giving in to plans you don’t want to be a part of. You don’t have to feel guilty for prioritising your mental health or yourself over others. There will be plenty of chances to catch up and truly enjoy social gatherings.
4. Be productive
Don’t sulk in negative self-talk and don’t be a push over. Just because you don’t want to socialise right away doesn’t mean you can’t be productive otherwise. Hit the gym, go watch a movie, enjoy tacos at your favourite spot. Take baby steps if you must in order for you to regain the confidence to restart your old life.
You don’t want to step out looking unkempt after staying at home for weeks on end. Look presentable, try on some cute outfits to rock once this lockdown is over. Maybe it’s time to put that new outfit you put together to use. Make sure you eat well, work out regularly and always have a trusted loved one available for times when you feel low or anxious.
6. Indulge in healthy activities
Be responsible and don’t push yourself to stay out late or over commit to plans and meet ups. Instead try and keep a balance. Make sure your old new life isn’t all about socialising (as fun as it sounds, it can take a toll on you). Once you’ve readjusted and feel you can handle back to back plans along with healthy everyday activities, you can fully enjoy your social life.
7. Be Self sufficient
If anything, social distancing has taught us how to be self-sufficient. You don’t have to break your bank by eating out all the time or spending money on things you don’t need. Retail therapy is great but it won’t feel so good if it leaves a huge dent in your bank account. Make sure you spend money responsibly for leisure activities.