We’ve all gotten used to life with COVID-19, and it’s starting to seem like less of a threat now because we have so much more information about it. Although there are new cases every day, total contagion numbers are decreasing and life is slowly starting to get back to normal.
While we are not completely through it, things are getting better, and most of us are now wondering what our ‘new’ normal will be? It is impossible to forecast, but we’re already seeing trends forming.
People are now used to waiting patiently outside of shops until they’re told to enter and most stores have hand sanitisers available at the entrances. Masks are becoming trendy, with brands coming up with their own designs to suit people’s personalities. I believe that these trends are here to stay.
We need to keep in mind that until a vaccine is available, the way in which we interact with physical products and services will be different. For example, in the few months of COVID-19 outbreak, the most feared thing has become human contact, as well as being in a small room with other people. The phrase ‘social distancing’ has become every day diction, and most people are complying with the rules.
We have to be mindful of businesses, especially smaller ones as they are likely to struggle the most. If possible, we should make the decision to support them however we can. If you want to eat out, do some research and maybe try a family-owned restaurant rather than a chain restaurant, as these are less likely to survive the pandemic. Maybe it’s a good opportunity to try use the new “eat out to help out” voucher from the Government.
This could also be a time of great innovation. A crisis like this brings challenges, and constraints which many use as a driving force. I have seen that many shops and restaurants have used the lockdown as a time to re-furbish and re-invent their business.
Many people can’t wait to go back to a normal life. However, this is a good opportunity to evaluate what parts of ‘normal’ life are worth rushing back to. A valuable lesson that COVID-19 has taught us is to slow down. We have experienced lock down, queues in supermarkets, restricted access, and limitations in activities. All those things have helped us realise what we consider an essential part of our lives, and what we can actually do without.
Mental health Post-COVID-19
One of the worst consequences of COVID-19 is the emotional toll it is taking on people. Almost everyone has been indoors for months, with limited human interaction and limited exposure to the outside world. This can lead to a decrease in people’s confidence, especially when it comes to being in large groups of people again.
The COVID crisis will continue to leave many feeling lonely, helpless and looking for support- especially those who have lost loved ones or may not have a job to return to. Make sure to reach out for help if you need it, and to check up on your loved ones to make sure they are keeping well mentally.
Easing the lockdown and menopause
For menopausal women, the easing of lockdown may bring a wave of anxiety and depression. Many women have found comfort in working from home, as this eliminates the anxiety that comes with dealing with people in the workplace. The idea of returning to that environment can be difficult to cope with, and some might be willing to give up their career all together because of this.
Lockdown has brought many sons and daughters back to their parent’s homes. With this coming to an end, mothers and fathers are having to go through the heartbreak of seeing their children leave again. Dealing with empty nest syndrome does not get easier as we age. It can hit harder for mothers, especially if you’re already feeling vulnerable due to the menopause.
On a positive note, it will become easier to access the medical help we may need. As lockdown lifts, we will be able to go see our GPs in person, rather than by phone or video. Smear tests and other medical procedures such as replacing the Mirena Coil will be available again soon. Increased access to the menopause related medical help women need, such as HRT treatment, will help to reduce the anxiety we feel at this time.
Things you need to remember
The situation is evolving rapidly and we will all soon get used to our new normality and the new rules we need to live by- continued social distancing being the main one. It might seem scary now, but we’ll all adapt and get used to it.
Ultimately, this might bring on a new and better way of living, working from home, and prioritising mental health.