Yes, I changed the term Pandemic Re-entry Anxiety to Adventure on purpose!
Quite a few articles have been written lately discussing the high level of anxiety that people are feeling as they re-enter into post pandemic life. What we have been through over the last 15 months is quite shocking.. We have changed and made adjustments to almost every aspect of how we live, and now we are changing again. With that comes anxiety or I prefer to look at it as an adventure. For those of you that know me, you know that is how I am wired. Attitude is everything. It sets the tone, it shifts ones perspective, it enables us to thrive versus just survive. And it works for me.
However I do acknowledge that not everyone thinks, feels or behaves like me.
Change can be uncomfortable.
Change can be scary.
Change can be feared.
Change can be risky.
However change can also be exciting.
Change brings in fresh and new ideas.
Change can improve our lives.
It is through change that we grow.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said, “Change is the only constant in life.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” -Socrates
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” -Ralph Marston
As we venture out now and face a new “normal”, it will be different for each of us. What is key is to make the changes that are right for you. Not what is being told to you via the media, press and peers. You need to feel right about your decisions.
So if you still want to wear a mask, wear it. If you don’t, then don’t unless local enforcement is in place.
If you only want to socialize outdoors, then do that. Enjoy being in nature, feel the sunshine, feel the breeze, listen to the birds, hear the waves crash, feel the sand between your toes.
If you want to go to a restaurant and eat indoors with a large group and feel comfortable, then go ahead.
If you want to go shopping again in a mall, then have fun.
Do what works for you.
Some thoughts to help you not stress out as you begin your adventure.
Breathe. Take a few deep breaths before you set out on rediscovering the world.
Think about what you want to change and why. What have you missed? What is important? What makes you happy?
Think about what you want to continue doing that became part of your routines over the past 15 months. Have you upped your exercise routine? Have you improved your nutrition? Have you balanced your work life and personal life better? Have you enjoyed spending more time with your spouse or partner? Keep what is working for you and continue doing those things.
Slowly, as you feel comfortable, begin to add more things back into your life. See more friends and family. Hug someone. High five someone. Or just knuckle or elbow touch.
As I review my life and how I will move forward, I intend to continue focused on health, happiness, peace, joy, love, kindness and compassion. I have throughout the past 15 months, continued with my running and hiking and strength training. I have increased my formal yoga practice to 4 days a week by subscribing to an online program. I stayed committed to a healthy diet and getting quality sleep. Those practices and disciplines will continue as well as spending as much time being with my husband. Since we are retired from the business world, that is easier for us to do. I give thanks for that.
I continue to informally interact with friends that I see on the beach and in the community. What I look forward to is traveling again. My husband and I usually take at least 2 incredible trips a year to far off places. That definitely went on hold last year. And I have not yet felt the desire to book our next adventure. However it is on the radar.
What’s on your radar?
With Light and Love and Adventure not Anxiety,