The social routines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are the new normal. Zoom meetings. Virtual game nights with friends. Facetime happy hours – we’re all used to it now. But what about after? What about when you have to reenter the world post-COVID.
Because there will, one day, be an after. And it’s looking like it might be coming fairly soon.
As things start to slowly open back up and restrictions are loosened, you may worry: are you ready to get back out there? How can you reenter the world post-COVID without losing the things about the lockdown that were kind of great? Like spending more time with each other. And just generally having a slower pace of life.
Here are a few ways you and your partner can help each other get back out there in a way you’re both comfortable with.
Ease Yourselves Back In
While filling up your social calendar again can feel liberating, you don’t want to do too much too fast. The pandemic has created a lot of anxiety for families, so the best approach will be to go slow.
The first step should be reconnecting with the people you’re closest to. Your good friends and family members. Because they’re your comfort zone. Reach out to them and spend time together in a way you’re all comfortable with. You can expand your social circle as science — and your individual comfort levels — dictate.
Embrace Your Fear
If you or your partner are a little scared to reenter the world, understand that it is okay. In modern times, nothing like this has ever happened before. It’s perfectly acceptable to have doubts, anxiety, and fears about reemerging from quarantine. You don’t have to have all the answers and should feel secure in the fact that no one else does, either.
Don’t feel obligated to do anything that makes either of you feel uncomfortable, and talk about your feelings with one another. Along those lines, if you have varying comfort levels, it is important to find compromises and safety protocols that can accommodate both of you.
Keep the Good Things Going
There may have been times over the last year that you got a little sick of your partner, but don’t focus on that. Focus on the thing that were positive about changing the way you lived during the pandemic.
Keep the things that brought you closer — like movie marathons or cooking new recipes together. As you ease back out into the world, don’t lose sight of the fact that your partner is central to your life.
If you and your partner need help to reenter the world post-COVID, it’s okay to reach out. Tim Higdon and Norene Gonsiewski are ready to help.