As restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 start to ease, the thought of returning to life as it was before the pandemic can be overwhelming for some. With little idea of what 'normal life' will look like at this stage, some people will experience anxiety and fear around returning to their pre-COVID every day activities. It is important to remember that these feelings are completely normal and you are not alone.
We would recommend some small steps you can take to transition slowly so it is les overwhelming.
As the virus is still with us, there is still a risk of catching it. By being informed on the latest health advice, state and federal recommendations, transmission rates and area hot spots you can be armed when making decisions about where you visit and who you see.
Download the COVID-Safe App
The COVIDSafe app is part of the plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app speeds up the manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you will be contacted quickly if you are at risk which reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to family, friends and others in the community.
Take it slowly
Doing too much too soon might be overwhelming. Start small and reintroduce things that are important for you. For example meeting a friend or neighbour for a walk can do wonders for your sense of well-being.
Look after yourself
Make sure you are getting enough sleep, are eating well and are having some exercise. Also, avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol and drug use will help your immune system be in the best possible shape. These small measures add up to huge improvements for mental health and overall well-being.
Talk about it
Talk to a trusted friend, partner or family member about how you are feeling and, if you need to, don't hesitate to talk to your health care provider.