Julie Lightfoot of JL Consultancy provides further tips to help you feel more in control of your life. Julie runs her own life coaching business in Preston and volunteers for Podio Preston.
Remember to take care of yourself
As we ease gradually out of lock-down, I thought that I would offer you some tips if you are feeling a little anxious. It is quite normal to be feeling anxious and unsure as things gradually get back to normal, or the ‘new normal’ as they call it. Many people fear change and we have had nothing but change so far this year, so it not surprising if you are feeling a little anxious about this latest change. Here are a few things that may help:
Staying safe at work
If you are returning to work, you can expect your employer to be putting steps in place to help you stay safe, in regard to social distancing, etc. Remember, they have the responsibility for this and if you feel that these steps are not being taken, you are within your rights to speak out.
We are all different
It is normal for different people to have different viewpoints regarding returning to work or going out socially. We are all different so do not compare yourself with others. Try to take things at your own pace if you can and speak to someone if you have concerns. Just because your friends may choose to go out to the pub, it is ok if you feel that you are not ready to do this yet.
Remember your work/life balance. If you are able, still take that daily exercise, as it will help you both physically and mentally.
Remember to build something you enjoy doing into your days. I have spoken previously about the things that you enjoy that can help you relax. These will vary from person to person. Other people are writing posts for Podio about gardening, writing, etc. Crafts and other activities like yoga and mindfulness are also good for ‘switching off’.
Family and friends
With lock-down easing, you may now be able to have more contact with family and friends. Speak to family and friends if you have concerns about getting back to ‘normality’. Remember to abide by the current guidelines on social distancing for the good of yourself and others when out and about with others.
Have a Laugh
Finally, something that always helps in challenging times (and that we are quite good at as a nation) is to keep a sense of humour. This can help in stressful times and helps us keep a sense of perspective.
Until next time, stay safe and always remember that if you are struggling and cannot speak to family and friends, as always, please seek professional help.