COVID-19 has changed our reality in many ways. Our individual and collective behavior has been suddenly, unexpectedly and imposed by this global pandemic. After months of confinement as a measure of safety and protection of our health, we are faced with the process of de-escalation.
The de-escalation of this containment is a process for which it is intended gradually and cautiously regain normal functioning and return to normal, Always keeping in mind that the main objective is the safety of our health.
This new process of “deconfirmation” involves a change in our lives and routines, a new reality, which involves adaptation to this new change as part of the process. Each of the escalating phases of containment will involve a change in routines and behaviors which in turn will result in emotional and cognitive changes. in the individual.
How can the borderless affect us psychologically?
Our psychological state is affected by what is happening around us. When we experience radical and unexpected change, our emotions are affected and with them our stability and psychological well-being.
This process that we are currently going through can generate some emotional instability for us; for that, the first is to know what emotions and feelings can send us in this new situation of adaptation.
We may feel an increase in worry about the contagion of COVID-19, anxiety about the continued uncertain situation we live in, fear of returning to some normalcy at this time, fear for our good. -being and that of our family and friends.
In other cases, we experience each change with joy and a great desire to reconnect with our loved ones, with a desire to get out and find a part of “normal life”.
There are also cases of people feeling only indifference, sadness or bad mood. about the changes that occur in the different phases. It can cause us a sense of contradiction, as we have wanted to get back to normal for some time, but now we feel heartbroken and demotivated.
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Once the difficulties that this de-escalation process can cause have been established, the necessary strategies should be in place to deal with the change situation in the most adaptive way possible. It is very important to have certain strategies to manage it and thus avoid part of the suffering that generates non-adaptation to changes in the environment around us.
1. Establish routines and organize your behaviors
The fear of infection as we progress through the stages can be greater, which can lead to inappropriate behaviors, generate high levels of anxiety.
Therefore, if we adopt certain preventive measures and create a habit (always going out with a mask, wearing disinfectant gel, maintaining a social distance …), in addition to being protected, we will feel calm and relief, as we go. and as measures they are. established in a conscious and objective manner.
2. Engage in physical activity
Some people have already established a small daily exercise routine during this confinement, and now we can go outside, we must take the opportunity to perform this routine or part of it outside; this it will be a great advantage for our mood.
3. Reset and adjust daily routines and update your goals
It is likely that after these months, the vast majority of us have undergone several changes in different areas of life, and as we go through phases of deconfining, they follow one another more quickly.
For that, it is important to adapt and make ourselves more flexible according to the needs of the moment, Although with a marked line. And without forgetting the importance of combining new obligations and new hobbies, this combination gives us long-term emotional stability.
4. Recover social relationships
We know the importance and the emotional need to socialize, and despite being locked in, many of us have gradually adapted to new forms of communication to be close to our loved ones despite social distancing, but it is important not to get carried away by the comfort or the fear of contagion, to avoid social isolation and the consequences they can generate in the medium and long term.
5. Find out from reliable sources and what you need
Staying informed is however necessary over-information and information from unofficial sources is one of the main causes of widespread fear and the anguish generated by uncertainty and contradictory and excessive information.
6. Ask for help
Each change process naturally involves its own adaptation process, adaptation allows us to evolve.
But depending on the characteristics of the change (voluntarism, immediacy …) and the individual differences of each individual, the situation will provoke a different response to the change, which may be adaptive or unsuitable: it will depend on the coping strategies and resources that each has.
If you feel that you don’t have these resources and tools, don’t hesitate to contact a professional and ask for help.