Mental Health

How To Look After Your Mental Health When COVID-19 Is Over

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Over the course of the last couple of months, there’s been a HUGE shift in focus on how to look after your mental health during this stressful, unprecedented time we’re all living in right now. COVID-19 and lockdown was something none of us expected. Yet we WERE all expected to deal with it. Because hey, we had no other choice.

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But as time goes on, we’re edging closer and closer to getting back to normal. Albeit, perhaps a new type of normal. But normal nonetheless. With children going back to school. Adults going back to work. Shops, bars and restaurants opening again. And daily responsibilities are back on the to-do list.

So as soon as we all had to adapt to this new way of life in lockdown, it’s time to re-adapt back to how it was before. It’s a big ask. It’s a big thing to have to go through. It’s not normal. And it’s going to affect a lot of people, in a lot of different ways.

So I think it’s important to take some time to discuss measures we can take in order to look after our mental health when all this is over. When COVID-19 is said and done and the world continues on as if nothing ever happened.

But of course that’s not going to be the case. For those who have lost someone through this awful virus. For those who lost their jobs. For those who struggled with money. For the doctors and the nurses on the front-line. AND for those of us who perhaps don’t fall into one of those categories.

Because living through a global pandemic is a seriously mentally draining thing to have done. 

So before we get into the tips, let’s just take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back and a moment of gratitude for getting through this tough season of life. Well, it’s not the end just yet but you’ve made it this far and that deserves a celebration in itself.

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Seek help if you need it

There would be absolutely no shame in admitting that you might need extra help dealing with what you’ve just been through. So I urge you to seek help if you need it. Discuss therapy with your GP or contact the mental health services in your area directly. If you need to talk to an unbiased individual quickly, then I’d recommend calling The Samaritans.

Lean on your faith and beliefs

Whatever you believe and wherever your faith lies, now might be a good time to lean on it more than ever. If your faith is there for guidance then chances are, you’re probably going to be a bit of extra guidance right now. I don’t talk about faith or belief much here and I won’t go into detail. But I believe heavily in the universe and Law of Attraction (as well as other things) and I’ve been putting a LOT of focus into that during this time.

There are plenty of things you can do and buy in order to help in this instance. If you go to church, then perhaps attending more regularly might benefit you. If you believe in the power of crystal healing, perhaps now is the time to invest in some new crystals.

The I Am Band, pictured above, is something else that people with a spiritual predisposition might be interest in looking further into. The I Am Band is designed to block negative feelings, spiritual influences, create positive energy, boost health and more. It helps keep your energy clear and your aura positive and is particularly useful for releasing negative thoughts and feelings, anxiety and every day stress.

Talk about how you’re feeling

Your friends and family have been through the same thing that you have. And although naturally, we all have different experiences, it’s not very often we can all collectively discuss having been through the same thing. So when it’s completely safe to meet up with friends and family, ensure you nourish those connections and talk to each other about how you’re feeling. Because now is a time to be there for each other.

Ease back in slowly

Although it’s likely that lockdown measures around the world will ease gradually, it’s still important to ease yourself back into a normal routine slowly and gentle, if you feel like you need to. I’d say after months of lockdown, a lot of us are getting pretty used to spending every day at home!

Don’t try and do everything, all at once

And when things do start opening again and we ARE free to do as we please and go wherever we want, it might be useful to remind yourself that you don’t have to do everything at once. We’re all going to have a lot of travel plans when this is over but you DON’T have to go and do it all in the shortest space of time. It’s okay to heal first.

Continue to work on your self care daily

And finally, continue to use those self care practices that you built up over the time in lockdown on a daily basis. Self care works all the time – not just during a global pandemic! And I’m sure a lot of us have built up a lot of great self care practices and rituals during this time at home. So utilize what you’ve learnt, let go of what didn’t work and build up a stronger self care practice than ever!

How are you planning on looking after your mental health when all this is over? Are you worried about going back to normal fully? Let me know!

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89 Comments

  1. Yes I am truly a bit nervous to go back to normal life. It’s quite overwhelming! Though this post really helped me ease my mind. Also, thank you for reminding me to add self care into my everyday practice :).

    1. You’re very welcome!

  2. I’d no anxiety when the lock-down began but when normalcy starts to return, I’m sure I’ll get jittery. Will come back to read your post; it’s sure to help me.

    1. I hope it helps!

      1. I’m sure it will. Thank you for writing this!

  3. Be stronger and wiser!

  4. Kayleigh Harris says:

    I think I’m definitely going to be easing myself back into normal life slowly! I also want to try and keep going with some of my new found hobbies too, so hopefully that will be something to work into a new life routine. I was definitely too busy before and didn’t really take time for myself so I’m hoping to change that.

    Kayleigh x
    https://hazelnutmusings.co.uk/

    1. I totally agree. This time has definitely allowed us to reevaluate!

  5. This is going to be very important. I’m feeling overwhelmed already and spikes of fear for when this is all over and what the new world will be like!
    Well done you for sharing this!
    Rosie

    1. Oh same! I’m dreading it tbh!

  6. Lockdown has had a real impact on my mental health, and especially at the beginning, I was incredibly anxious. Since leaning really heavily on my spirituality and self care practices, I’ve been doing a LOT better. My mental health is in a much better place than I was expecting, but I am going to be really careful to make sure the rest of my loved ones are okay! It’s going to be a difficult and unusual time for all of us.

    1. That’s so good to hear!

  7. I’m glad you’ve focused on this – lockdown hasn’t really been difficult for me at all (I’ve actually quite enjoyed it) so for that reason I think I’m going to find it hard to go back to normal as it’s highlighted everything about modern society that I don’t like. It’s certainly been an interesting experience. I have found myself more focused on my spiritual beliefs during lockdown, so the band that you’ve mentioned sounds like a really interesting product.

    1. You’re not the first person who’s said they’ve focused a lot of their spiritual beliefs eight now you know! I’ve been the same!

  8. I think easing back in slowly is the best way to approach everything when it comes to returning to normality. I’m unsure how ‘normal’ is going to feel for me. I was very stressed and anxious before lockdown when people were still working and socialising as normal but I’ve been a lot calmer since knowing everyone is safe indoors. These are great tips for anyone struggling and looking for someone/ something to help x

    Sophie

  9. Laura at Palette of Thoughts says:

    I’m a very anxious person anyway, and as much as I want things to go back to normal and I’m so worried about it and the thought of having to go back to he office terrifies me (I am grateful to be able to work from home during this). Some really great tips here xx

    1. Thank you. Hope everything works out okay for you – I’m sure you’ll be fine xxx

  10. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    It’s going to be SO strange going back to normal life, whenever that eventually happens. Looking after our mental health at a time like this is definitely needed.

    1. I agree x

  11. I think I’m going to struggle with not trying to do everything when this is over!

  12. A lot of things are going to be different for people all over the world after lockdown is over, it’s going to be hard to go back to a ‘norm’! Thank you for sharing this post, I’m sure it will help loads of people!

    🌸 Marissa Belle | marsybun.com x 🌸

    1. I do hope so!

  13. It’s good these days that discussing mental health is no longer taboo.

    Jil | https://www.letsjiloutdoor.com/

    1. I agree x

  14. Nice post!! Very useful in current times when we are dealing with so much. With places lifting up we need to bounce back slowly and try not to do everything at once. Rightly put. Also Self care is most important for our mental well being.

    1. I agree. If everyone tries to do everything all at once it’ll be mayhem!

  15. Such an important post! I’m definitely hoping to start some counselling once I can as I think it’s so important for mental health.

    1. That’s great to hear!

  16. I think I’m still stuck in the trying to deal with self care in lockdown at the moment! There are some really great and useful tips here, especially abut either seeking help or just talking to those around you because you are far from the only one going through it. Great post!

    1. Thank you 🙂 x

  17. Yes, it’s going to be tricky to bounce back to normal, what with a new normal on the horizon. Good tips, thank you.

    http://www.susanberkkoch.com/blog

    1. It really is, I’m dreading it!

  18. I think a lot will change when this lockdown is over. These are some great tips, to help you know what to do next! Thank you for sharing Jenny xx

    1. I think so too, I’m not looking forward to it!

  19. Great tips, thank you! I like the idea of easing back in gradually. I went to my first small social function this weekend and I was actually pretty nervous on the way there! I’ve always been an introvert but I do really enjoy small social get-togethers with close friends. But, this time I just wasn’t sure I was ready for it. I feel like I’ve forgotten some of my social skills these last few months.

    1. I don’t blame you, I think that’s probably a very common worry. But well done for giving it a shot!

  20. I’ve made sure I’ve looked after my mental health during lockdown as somedays have been a struggle, these are some great tips to help with that Jenny x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Thank you. I’m really glad to hear this 🙂

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