It is now two years since coronavirus got declared a global pandemic. Those last two years were moments of uncertainty, anxiety, loss, and separation.
But 2022 has been a year of change in small and profound ways. You have seen how communities have come together, how they help each other, and how selfless others can be.
Everyone responds to the global pandemic experiences differently. Seeing a loved one pass away, being one of the frontline workers during the pandemic, and suffering from the virus yourself are all traumatic experiences, which may result in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Although most individuals experience symptoms that are the same as PTSD after those traumatic events, they normally heal on their own after some time. But if you are still stuck like some people, you can use the following ways experts, like John De Ruiter, have suggested healing faster:
1. Do the Activities You Enjoy
Try doing the things or activities you find enjoyable and meaningful. These may include playing with a pet, reading a good book, watching a TV series/film, walking in the park, and cooking for your loved ones.
Having a routine with activities, which will make you feel happy can help you maintain better mental health.
2. Consider Managing Your Expectations
The quarantine period taught people that unprecedented productivity should help raise the bar instead of lowering it. You shouldn’t underestimate the emotional and cognitive load, which the global pandemic brings and the impact it can have when it comes to your productivity.
Low motivation, a state of distraction, and difficulty focusing are expected. Adaptation may take time, but going easy on yourself will go a long way to settling into the rhythm of working remotely and practicing social distancing.
3. Connect with Some Friends
If you really want to spend more with friends and at the same time live your face time, social media is basically a perfect way to achieve this goal.
You can be creative by joining TikTok challenges, like #safehand. Though it is not a great idea to have unfettered access to social media or screens. This can amplify your anxiety, making it necessary to schedule time for social media.
4. Take Care of Your Body
Your physical health has a great impact when it comes on your mental wellbeing. If you don’t feel good, it might be simple to fall into all forms of unhealthy patterns of behavior, which can make you feel worse.
Try taking well-balanced diets, drinking enough water, and exercising regularly. Plus, avoid drugs or smoking, and if you take alcohol, do so in moderation.
5. Look for a Better Outlet for Self-Exploration
For more than 22 months, people have been swept up in the frenzy of trying to make everything work in emergency situations.
And now that life is back to normal, you might want to look for an outlet for self-exploration. Expressing your emotions rather than suffering in silence will enable you to get to the root of your emotional distress and process what you feel.
The global pandemic, Covid-19, was overwhelming because of long work hours and taking care of yourself and your family. Now that things have gone back to normal, it is important to pause for a while and choose ways that can help you heal completely from your post-pandemic experience.