Updated: Oct 7, 2022
Change, whether is positive or negative change tends to stir up a number of thoughts and emotions. Going into lock down for the first time a year ago, we were filled with ‘what if’s’. What if I don’t get to see my family again? When will this end? How will I cope? What’s going to happen in the future?
Yet here we are having got through that challenge, and now we are facing a new kind of change… coming out of lockdown!
What if I forget how to be around my friends and it’s awkward? What if we go back into lock down? What if people think I have lost / gained weight? How can I go out with my hair like this?!
Here are some gentle reminders should you be struggling with overwhelm, worry or anxiety as we embrace yet another change:
💜 You don’t need to suddenly have a diary full of plans, have holidays booked and be pampered head to toe rocking a new hair do to go out.
💜 You don’t need to look a certain way, lose weight or gain weight before you plan to see anyone.
If the people to plan on spending your time are half decent humans, they won’t give a s**t about what your body looks like. If they do, now is a great time to have a fresh start and find more aligned, loving friends.
💜 You aren’t alone if you feel worried, scared, overwhelmed or anxious.
We’ve adjusted to a new way of socialising and doing things, it may take some time to get used to going back out and about. Be patient and kind with yourself (and others!)
💜 It’s okay to say no.
If you don’t feel comfortable or ready to do something, just say no thank you. There’s plenty of time to re-adjust, remember social media has a clever way of making it look like the entire world is doing a certain thing or looks a certain way. Remind yourself of what’s real and what’s a highlight reel.
💜 Say yes, but share how you feel.