1.Take it slow. As restrictions on social interactions ease, it’s important to take it slow. It might sound silly, but if you haven’t been going out or having much of a social life over the past year, you need to reacclimate yourself.
2. Turn on your camera. Whether you’re in work meetings or the virtual classroom, turn on your camera. Turning on your camera will keep you accountable for your facial expressions. Side bonus – it will probably keep you more engaged too
3. Spend time with those you can. If you have people in your life that you can spend time with, without socially distancing or the other COVID precautions, do it. Don’t isolate yourself in your room playing video games, watching TikToks, or staring at the ceiling. Go interact with your family, friends, or loved ones that are in your bubble.
4. Be kind to yourself. Guess what, you’ve never been through a pandemic before and you’re doing the best you can. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay if you didn’t start working out, learn to make bread, or master some random hobby. It’s okay if this has been really hard for you because it’s been really hard for a lot of people too.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with any of the above, don’t hesitate to reach out. Ally Psychological Services is here to help you navigate whatever it is you’re experiencing.