It seems like there is a bit of light at the end of this extremely long Covid lockdown tunnel.
It’s maybe a little soon for me to accept and believe it yet, I feel like this rug has been pulled before, but whether it’s now or later, eventually all of this is going to come to an end and we will be able to head back into the world.
At some level or another, and it will be different for all of us, we’ve been going about our lives in a heightened state of stress. How could we not be, everything was different, we had to be on the look out and aware at all times – danger was around every corner.
But as we slowly head back to some kind of normality, that is going to fade, we will begin to feel safe again and let go of that stress.
And that is a very good thing.
But I want to let you know that it may not FEEL amazing straight away. I’m telling you so that you are aware and can recognize what is happening and can welcome it rather than be frustrated by it.
Have you ever been really looking forward to going on holiday or having a break from work? In the run up to it you are busy getting everything finished and boxed off so that you don’t have to think about it while you are off. You’re running around getting everything organized, packing, cleaning, picking up last minute bits etc. Then finally the holiday arrives, and you get a cold.
It’s bloody typical.
Well, it is typical! It happens because all the while our bodies are running on stress and adrenaline of work and organizing and being busy, the autonomic nervous system is running in sympathetic mode and we are ready for action. But being poised for action all the time means that our body doesn’t have the chance to do its normal maintenance properly, so when you stop it’s got some catching up to do.
That sounds all fine and well, but you’ve done loads of resting while you’ve been stuck at home haven’t you?! Been little else to do but rest! But a part of your mind may have still been consumed with what’s been going on in the outside world. Watching endless cycles of news, press conferences, keeping up with all the changes.
Once that part of your mind is able to shut off, your autonomic nervous system will be able to properly drop into parasympathetic mode and catch up with the maintenance and you may feel shattered, or snotty, or emotional or something else. And rather than be frustrated or annoyed at your body, I ask you to celebrate! This is a good thing! This means you are letting go of the stress you’ve been holding on to and once it passes, which it will, you’ll feel great again.
But, if at any time you’re finding it hard to let go of the stress of it all (and know you will not be alone in that!) reach out for help.