After a year of quarantines and stay-at-home recommendations, you might be feeling discouraged or exhausted. But with vaccines on the rise and new CDC guidelines, things are definitely looking up. Here are 5 things to keep in mind during the final stretch of the pandemic:
- Get the vaccine. The vaccine is now available to anyone 16 or older. If you haven’t already received a vaccine, schedule one today. Make sure that you get the full dose.
- Safe socialization is becoming easier. Isolation and loneliness can play a big part in feeling burned out. Find a way to safely socialize with others. According to current CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals can meet indoors unmasked, so whether you get together with friends, go on walks or chat with someone over the phone, prioritize your relationships.
- Take control. Part of feeling burned out is feeling out of control. Since stay-at-home mandates are no longer required, take a few moments each day to get some fresh air, take a quick work break to clear your head, or plan safe excursions out in the community.
- Talk about your experience. Being isolated may make you feel like you’re the only one going through it — but you’re not alone. Whether you connect with someone on social media or write it down somewhere, share your emotions, thoughts and experiences. Doing so can be healing and help you keep going.
- Adjust expectations. ‘Normal life’ might not be how it was before. Masks might still be required in places, or perhaps your work life might stay somewhat remote. Whatever changes have and will occur, adjust some of your expectations and focus on what matters most.
As we continue to be vigilant, there’s also more reason than ever to be optimistic about the future. Don’t lose sight of the end goal, and don’t hesitate to reach out to others for the support you need as we slowly return to more normal activities.
This article first appeared in the May 2021 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.