Transitioning Into the “New Normal”

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Article by Jody Pierce, LCSW

With things opening back up after months of restrictions we are beginning to wonder, what is normal? Whether you are excited about getting back to past activities or hesitant to return to the things you once did, it’s important to take care of yourself and your mental health.

The CDC released data showing that 40% of adults were struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. Taking care of our own mental health is essential.

Here are some tips to help you take care of your mental health as we transition into the new normal:

  • Be kind to yourself. It’s okay to feel anxious about restrictions loosening. No matter what you are feeling, your feelings are valid and you can take things at your own pace.
  • Focus on what you can control. You cannot control other’s behavior but you can decide what you are comfortable with as things change. It’s okay to go at your own pace.
  • Create healthy boundaries. The transition will be different for everyone. Focus on what is best for your mental health. It’s okay to set boundaries if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
  • Make yourself a priority. Good self-care is essential, not indulgent. Adjusting to change can be taxing. Adequate sleep, good nutrition, and mindfulness practices can help you feel your best.

Remember that your mental health is important. Enjoy the new opportunities to see friends and family again and do the things you love.