How ready are you for things to go back to normal?
I don’t mean physically. There are so many posts and articles about getting gym ready, summer body ready, lockdown lifting body ready. I mean mentally.
In the aftermath of the first Lockdown, as much as I, like evryone else, was desperate for a return to normaity, found it harder than I thought to adjust to the canges in my Lockdown routine. I wasan’t alone at the time and I said then that, whilst we all put a lot of thought into how we would cope with Lockdown as the prospect loomed ahead of us in March, none of us thought we’d need to try hard to get back to normal. Actually though humans tend to adapt to circumstances quite quickly as a way of surviving and it wasn’t quite as easy a transition as many of us thought.
Since then we’ve had almost constant change. Manchester went back into Lockdown in July last year and has never really left it (we went from Local Lockdown to Tier 2, Tier 3, Lockdown, new Tier 3, Tier 4, Lockdown). We’ve gone from beign abl to go to the pub, get out haircut, go to the gym, to going to the gym but not classes, going to the pub but onl with a meal, to not beign able to go anywhere at all. We’ve not really been allowed to travel apart from around 6 weeks last summer.
As much as everyone is desperate to leave this never ending barage of rules it isn’t wholey surprising that this brings an element of anxiety. In recent days I’ve seen some emotional outbursts in reaction to Covid, heard people say ‘things are changing too quickly’. I don’t think all these people are scared of Covid or a risk of the spread 9some are of course). I think some people are just a wee bit anxious about the chnges to a routine, which whilst mind numbing, most of us have ended up settling into to stay sane.
Much in the same way almost every PT on Instagram has said it’s ok to go back to the gym having gained weight, not lifted, not trained much and to not feel bad for it, it’s also ok to really want this to end but still feel a bit apprehensive about going back to things that were once normal but have not been for some time now, be that the office, the gym, social settings and so on.