Every one of us is facing challenges in maintaining the momentum and plucking up the motivation to do something productive while staying far from loved ones. It can be hard to adapt and survive s situation in which changes is the new normal.
Now that lots of countries have left behind lockdowns, people have had to get used to a new way of living with new sets of drastic but needed measures. Life is slowly normalizing while the number of cases continues to rise in some countries. This process has been named the ‘new normal’ along with new rules and a different routine. There are simple techniques that can help you better adapt to this new way of living.
- Be kind to yourself: Accepting yourself is all you need to improve yourself. Never forget that individuals who are kind and compassionate to themselves are more successful in being happy and enjoying life. They also have greater physical health because our mood and our state of mind can directly impact our physical well-being.
- Explore your thoughts and feelings: Ask yourself if what you are really feeling and answer them truthfully. Don’t be afraid and dig deeper. Remind yourself on the regular that you do not have to have positive feelings every single moment throughout the day. From time to time, you will feel scared, angry, sad, anxious, and intolerant. Remind yourself that you have the right to experience every emotion.
- Recall how you managed difficulties in the past: Remember the situations that you thought you would never overcome and all the worries that became insignificant in time. It is a good idea to remember what has challenged you in the past and how you have dealt with those things. You should also bear in mind that these difficult times, too, will pass.
- Focus on what you have already accomplished: Tell again to yourself of all your past successes. Remember every little thing you thought would not go well, but in the end, you got through them all. Having this kind of attitude towards hardships will help improve your self-confidence. These will also help you focus on your goals.
- Don’t put distance between yourself and your loved ones: The more distance you put between yourself and your loved ones, the more isolated and lonely you will feel. Talk it out with your family and friends and check up on them via phone call or video call. This will help you cope with the adverse effects of these uncertain times. Continue to maintain social distance, but make sure not to distance yourself emotionally.
- Give yourself time: It is impossible to change right away because changing takes time. Expecting yourself to change and adapt to something new right away is unfair to you. Being hard on yourself will only make you feel more isolated and stressed. You need to realize that you will slowly get used to it all and mature with sufficient practice and time.