The pandemic has to require most people around the country to stay home and practice social distancing, creating a new normal. If you have a college student that has been back for a few weeks, you may notice that they are spending a lot of time in their room or keeping odd hours. You also may see your student not talking to friends, not talking to you, playing more games, frequently on their phone or computer, or giving short answers. At this point, you are likely wondering when they complete online classes, tests, and homework. If you are an adult, employer, and elderly you may notice as well that you have changes in your routine and the things that you do in a day. Here’s some advice on how you can cope with the new normal.
Some of your family members may find it difficult to follow the house rules. You must acknowledge every person in your house and respect their need for space and privacy. Conversely, it is vital to work together to make limitations and set expectations that can foster their independence and create friendly co-existence.
Discuss The Experience And Fear
Even though your family member may be acting calm, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t freaking out a little bit inside especially children and the elderly with health conditions. You are likely to worry about the future as well. You can share with your trusted relatives or friends how these times are disturbing you and discuss how this is a challenging journey for you. This conversation will help to keep the lines of communication open between you both.
Talk about how their anxiety speaks to the importance of the current situation. Focus the conversation on how to manage anxiety during this time. This includes:
- Get reliable facts about COVID-19.
- Find an alternative safe way to have fun.
- Practice meditation and breathing exercises.
- Stay connected to friends through a social support network that provides a sense of normalcy. It could a valuable outlet for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
- Maintain as much structure as possible such as hygiene, good sleep, and activities outside of screen time are foundational to coping skills.
- Seek additional help from experts to discuss anxiety and learn coping strategies.
Accept The New Normal
The pandemic changed almost everything in the world from health, transportation, education, and economic system. If you still have second thoughts, it’s about time to accept the reality. Acceptance can be a powerful tool in coping with the inevitable distress. It also helps one achieve important behavior changes that may lead to an enhanced quality of life.
Be Wise And Obedient
Keep in mind that the threat of being exposed to the virus is still present. Stay informed about the rules given in your community and workplace. Obey them accordingly.
Learn And Unlearn
The new normal makes us wear face masks every day and have social distancing wherever we go. With these things, be ready and practice to have new habits. You might as well want to unlearn and avoid old ways of greetings such as hugs and handshakes. Adapt new behavior and look for new options.