Are you feeling a strange sense of uneasiness about life post lockdown? Earlier this week I headed to the shops in a haze of excitement to support Irish businesses. But when I got there I felt this strange, uneasy feeling. While I definitely enjoyed exploring the rails, I felt quite uncomfortable with the crowds. Furthermore, the few pounds that I’ve put up during lockdown (along with the wild hair!) have definitely knocked my confidence.
In an effort to check if I was totally crazy, I put a short poll on my INSTAGRAM. Hundreds of you answered and the results were pretty stark. 82% of you said you are not feeling confident in yourself right now. 84% of you said that you had put on a few pounds during lockdown and 77% said you felt anxiety about life post lockdown.
I have had a stern chat with myself since then and am passing this knowledge onto you! Here is my quick ‘How to’ guide to have us feeling fantastic in no time:
1. We’re all in the same boat
This might sound like a trivial point but I felt huge comfort in seeing how many people are feeling exactly the same as I am. If we’re all feeling the same way, then we are all in this together. I also felt a somewhat humorous thought come to my mind – If everyone else has put on a few pounds, no one is going to notice mine! So the first thing for us to acknowledge is that everyone is so busy concentrating on their own situation, that they are not even noticing ours!
2. Get perspective
Can we just stop for a second and realise that we are going through a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, unlike anything that has ever been seen before. For the past year we have spent day and night listening to Irish media, who seem to thrive on bad news. When we’re constantly surrounded with fear and negativity, our bodies go into fight or flight mode. If overindulging helped us in some small way during this pandemic, then all power to us! We need to acknowledge the turmoil that we have gone through and give ourselves a massive clap on the back for coming out the other side.
3. The most important point
If you have lost a loved one during the pandemic I am deeply sorry for your loss. The past year has shown us what is truly important in life. Indeed my own life has changed forever. Our health, family and friends are the most important things in our lives. If you are feeling anxious, sit down for 5 minutes and make a list of all of the things that you have to be grateful for. This is a profound way of feeling happy instantly.
4. Get Clarity
If you are feeling anxiety about life post lockdown then you need to get to the root cause of exactly why. Grab a piece of paper and write down everything that is in your mind right now. Your thoughts, feelings, worries etc. No matter how small it seems, write it down. Keep going until you feel a sense of relief. This should help you to determine exactly what the main sources of worry or frustration are. Then you can create clear, specific goals.
5. Make a Plan
Nothing changes if nothing changes. Once you have determined your goals, you need to make an action plan. For example if your main concern is on loosing the excess pounds, then make a plan on how you can get there from where you are now. Set a realistic timeframe and break the overall plan down into daily goals/targets. Don’t try to go cold turkey. In my experience, small lifestyle changes are far more sustainable and have a far better impact on our health than any detox or fad diet.
6. Get Moving & Celebrate
Take one step at a time and celebrate the small daily wins. When you are climbing a mountain, the only way to get there is to put one foot in front of the other repeatedly! If you are constantly looking at the overall goal that you have not yet achieved, you will continuously feel down hearted. But if you concentrate on your small daily goal, you will feel fantastic when you have achieved it. Stop thinking ‘I will be happy when….’ In order to feel great, we need to celebrate and enjoy the process now.
You are a power house! Whatever your goal, know that you are amazing and you can tackle any challenge that life throws your way. Think of everything that you have been through in your life so far? Now compare that to the goal you have in front of you. Seems pretty trivial now right? You are going to smash it!
8. Bring someone with you
Any journey is significantly better when you have someone to share it with. Find someone (or a group of people) that can be your ‘accountability coach’ so to speak. You can go on this post lockdown journey together, hold each other accountable and celebrate the small wins along the way. Your chances of success will vastly improve when you have someone by your side.
I hope that this article has helped you in some shape or form. Remember we are all feeling the exact same and are all in this together. If you have any great advice that you would like to share, please make sure to do so. I would also really love to hear your progress so be sure to keep me updated on your goal and your progress. You can DM me on INSTAGRAM at any time.
All views are my own based on my own personal experiences only. If you are feeling very low, please reach out and speak to a friend or family member immediately or contact a trained counsellor who can guide you through your transformation journey.