Stress Post Pandemic and Returning to Normal

As humans, we tend to experience stress often in our daily lives. Oftentimes, we tend to cope well with small daily stressors. However, certain unexpected situations may cause our stress levels to skyrocket. The pandemic was an unexpected crisis that we experienced together as a nation. Many individuals experienced significant stress related to their health, families, and employment status. It was common for many to struggle with changes that included working from home and virtual school. As many of us know, stress is known to significantly impact our physical health. As a result of post pandemic stress, some individuals reported physical symptoms, such as chest pains and headaches, as a result of stress and difficulties adjusting to the imposed restrictions. 

Stress Post Pandemic
Stress Post Pandemic and Returning to Normal

Currently, the vaccine rollouts have led to the reopening of the country and the activities we used to participate in during pre-pandemic times are available to us again. Many individuals have reported feeling excited that we are heading back to our normal pre-pandemic lives; however, some individuals are either still experiencing the pandemic stress or experiencing significant aftereffects of the pandemic-related stress. These aftereffects can include some disorientation, memory problems, or overall exhaustion. Our brains have been on high alert mode for the past year and readjusting to our past lives has proved to be very difficult for many individuals. There have been numerous reports of symptoms of burnout, significant fatigue, and anxiety. More and more people have been seeking out mental health services, indicating readjusting to their past lives has been as difficult, and sometimes even more difficult, than adjusting to staying home. 

The following are some tips that may be helpful if you are experiencing some pandemic-related fatigue or anxiety:

  • Take a break when needed. After months of uncertainty and dealing with significant stressors, our minds and bodies may need some breaks. Personal time-off hours at work may be used to rest at home. If possible, a quick weekend getaway with loved ones can be helpful for some.
  • Set a routine. Having a routine that includes moments of self-care is crucial. Self-care can include simple rituals, such as enjoying a morning cup of coffee alone on your balcony or going for a daily walk. Routines also help with time management and can help increase productivity.
  • Engage in physical activity. Moderate exercise on a weekly basis increases physical health and helps relieve stress. Research also indicates that physical activity helps increase energy levels even when individuals are struggling with fatigue. Exercising with a friend or participating in an exercise class can also increase accountability and motivation. 

Meeting with a qualified psychologist can also assist individuals in adjusting back to their normal lives. Participating in psychotherapy services will provide you with a safe and therapeutic environment to process any struggles or concerns you may be facing, while you learn effective coping mechanisms. Psychologists at Miami Psychology Group are currently providing tele-therapy and in-person therapy services in the Miami and Miami Beach area. 

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