What a year it’s been so far. Over the past few months you’ve probably had plans cancelled, spent more time with your loved ones on the phone rather than face to face, and gone slightly mad from the comfort of your own home. A pandemic is a hard time to remember self-care steps. Whereas now we all go into the new normal, it’s important you put in the effort to take care and look after yourself. Where should you start?
Take Day Trips
With the country slowly opening up again after lockdown restrictions, it’s a great time for you to get out and about. You’ve been stuck in the house a lot recently so why not get planning some day trips? International travel might not be on the cards for you just yet, so you can use this as a time to discover parts of the country you’ve never seen before. Trains to King’s Cross offer a gateway to the capital, as well as so many other places in the UK. Travel can remind you how much beauty there is out there, and can do you a world of good.
It’s important to note that everyone will feel ok with re-entering the world at different paces. One of the main things you can do to look after yourself during these times is to do what you’re comfortable with. Work on your pandemic wardrobe by embracing the athleisure trend.
You also need to get comfortable with your life post-pandemic. This can come in many forms: be it organizing a small barbecue in your backyard or saying no to a group gathering because you don’t feel ready yet. There is no shame in saying no. Everyone is discovering their own guidelines as they go. Your loved ones will understand your decision and vice versa.
With all this being said a great way you can look after yourself during these times is to get creative. You can take this advice one of two ways: literally – and get crafting – or start thinking outside the box with how you reconnect with your loved ones. Picnic in the parks, backyard happy hours, or even find a new hobby together you can do while social distancing like bike riding or jogging. You need to spend the next few months adjusting and finding ways you can survive the new normal.
Whether you want to catch up with your loved ones, or feel better staying in and catch up with Netflix, the main thing is you’re safe and happy. How do you feel about lockdown restrictions being lifted?