COVID-19 has changed nearly everything about our daily lives. For many of us, daily routines are a large part of our journey to healthier eating. This past spring, we were faced with the prospect of having our routines disrupted by lockdowns and social distancing. Now, many of us are facing new changes as schools are back in session and some employers are asking workers to return to the office.
If you are feeling a range of emotions about going back to school or work, you are not alone. On the one hand, it can be exciting to finally step into a familiar routine. On the other hand, the routine is probably going to be different. Face masks, social distancing, and other protocols have changed how we interact as human beings. This especially affects those of us with eating issues, as personal interaction is an integral part of our journey toward better health and self-discovery.
When approaching going back to school or work, we need to be open and transparent about our anxieties. Whether we are talking with trusted friends or family, a therapist, or members of a support group, we will undoubtedly discover that we are not the only ones worried about these questions. When we venture back to school or work, some of our questions may remain unanswered. We may not be able to control that. However, we can control how we approach these challenges, such as:
- Recognizing that everyone around you may be facing similar fears
- Being respectful of others who are experiencing anxiety
- Giving yourself time to readjust to the new normal
- Being grateful for the gift of life and the opportunity to start over
- Finding new ways to connect to others who understand and support you
If you are feeling anxious at times, you may find comfort in breathing exercises. Visualizing calm scenes or memories in your mind’s eye may also help. Spending time outdoors on a crisp fall day can also be uplifting. Above all try to be patient and kind to your self during this very anxiety provoking time for all.
Discover your unique gifts by seeking the help of a compassionate therapist and a support group. You may be amazed at what you discover. Joanne Gerr, L.C.S.W. offers therapy sessions that may help you rediscover joy and a new way forward. To join a support group or for individual counseling, call 212-750-8130 or fill out an online form today. Located in Manhattan and Highland Park, New Jersey, our New Jersey therapist helps individuals throughout Highland Park, East Brunswick, Manalapan Township, Marlboro, Westfield, and New York City.