It’s been over three months since New York City entered its COVID-19 lockdown, and we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Over the past couple of weeks construction, real estate offices, salons, and a few other business sectors have opened. Looking on the bright side of things, New York City may be reopened by the end of the summer. With everything opening, it’s imminent that things are going to go back to “normal.” Going back to “normal” seems a little overwhelming, but we’re going to have to get back into a schedule. So follow below for tips on how to get back into the groove of things post COVID-19 gradually.
Ease Your Way Back Into Work
Working from home has been a luxury these past few months, and heading back into office may seem daunting. Take it one step at a time; sit down and create a solid to-do list and prioritize the items on that list. When first heading back to the office, don’t take on more than you can handle. These past few months have been draining, and it’s going to take time for you to get back into your normal work-flow. Set goals for how you’re going to get back into that work groove and hold yourself accountable.
Take Breaks During the Day
One of the biggest things we can take from COVID-19 is to take breaks when necessary. Getting back into the groove of things is hard, so breaks are much needed. Breaks aren’t just from work; there are many other things that you may need to step back from to work your way back into your groove. You may need to take breaks from your social life, or social media, whenever you need to take a break, take it. Getting back into the swing of things is a gradual process, so don’t overdo it.
Now more than ever is the time to set boundaries, especially since there is still a virus going around with no cure. While getting back into the groove of things, don’t do anything that makes you feel too uncomfortable. If you’re not comfortable going to restaurants/bars yet – don’t. Don’t let others peer pressure you; this is your time to get back into a new routine. Don’t let other’s opinions fog your judgment.
Create a Schedule
Chances are a regular schedule was thrown to the wind these past few months. To make going back to “normal” easier, set yourself on a schedule. Give yourself a bed-time (pandemic insomnia was horrible), set aside time in the morning for a routine, and give yourself a set amount of time you’ll be working for the day. Taking the initiative to add some normalcy to your life will make getting back to your groove slightly easier.
Meetup with Loved Ones
If you don’t feel comfortable meeting up with anyone, then by no means don’t. However, getting back into the groove will be easier if you have your friends and family by your side. Meeting up with your loved ones is a great way to get some of your groove back and gradually. Of course, when you meet up, wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice proper social distancing but seeing your loved ones will make this process easier.
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