It’s no secret that we all want life to return to normal as soon as possible. What will “normal” be? Certainly, you would like the freedom to return to the activities you enjoyed prior to social distancing and shelter-in-place regulations, but this might not be possible. While some things might return to how they were before, it is predicted that most of them won’t—at least not at first.
The world is waiting to be able to move freely about and carry on with our lives. However, you need to understand that it will take time for us to heal from this, and you’re going to want to be prepared to adapt to these changes, even if they are only temporary. This is true not only for your safety, but for your recovery.
Look at What Has Changed
It’s likely that you have had to alter your lifestyle to meet even your most basic needs — working from home, having groceries delivered, or using online resources to continue your education. You have also had to adjust how you meet your recovery needs, including online meetings and Zoom or Skype calls with friends, family, and doctors. Adjusting to these changes might not have been an easy transition, but they could offer the structure needed to support how you go about getting help after the pandemic resolves.
You can expect that there will be new safety protocols implemented into how you socialize and what your work environment looks like, but these changes could provide new and better ways to get help and treatment. While something like Telehealth cannot meet all the needs a healthcare provider may address during a face-to-face visit, it does offer reduced cost, no travel, and a streamlined medication delivery process for those in need. Recognize what is good about these changes and how you can utilize them moving forward.
Look at What Has Not Changed
While many things in life have changed, the simple joys in life remain — movies, music, baking, reading, drawing, painting, playing games, relaxing, etc. These activities to help distract you from the stress in your day are still with you and despite a changing world, they remain the same. These are safe activities that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Appreciate that you are equipped with so much technology and media that you can entertain yourself and still bring a level of joy and normalcy to your day by asking your friends and family to join you. Participate in these hobbies and habits and explore ones that will not change in a post-pandemic world. These little glimmers of normalcy will help get you through until you and the world make a full recovery.
One of the greatest challenges you may have faced thus far is finding a routine that brings success. Understand that places where we work, dine, and gather socially are likely to have restrictions for quite some time while things transition back to normal. Some of your opportunity for success is likely hindered by you not fully committing to making this new normal a successful endeavor. Much like recovery, you should accept and embrace the changes we are facing. Once you are unencumbered from the thought of resisting change, you can then begin to find success.
View this as a challenge and opportunity to grow — the better choices you make now, the better you will operate in the future. Mastering the art of a stay-at-home schedule can help prepare you for the post-pandemic world. Taking working from home, for example. Many who were forced to make this change have found that they actually prefer it. So try to turn this challenging lifestyle into a mission for success. You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself.
Maintain Social Distance, Not Emotional Distance
Despite the inconvenience of not being able to comfortably attend meetings or speak with doctors or friends in a face-to-face setting, there has been some good to come out of this. Current Telehealth treatments are finding new ways to provide care for patients. As a result, this format has created a more affordable and more accessible forum for you to connect with your doctor or therapist.
From a social standpoint, this technology has also given support groups ways to stay in frequent contact. This includes not just participating in meetings, but planning virtual game nights, Netflix watch-alongs, and even playing video games remotely together.
Change is Change
Good or bad, temporary or long-lasting, change is change. When it happens, we often can’t do much about it. Sometimes change happens when you least expect it. Even if it may seem bad at first, you need to be open to accepting it. Change can actually lend many good qualities to your life, so try to focus on the positive aspects of it.
The world has certainly changed, but that doesn’t mean it has changed forever. The main goal is to view these changes as a new way to go about meeting our goals and continuing to find the inner growth that is necessary to responsibly maintain our recovery. Right now, the sacrifices that you have to make might create frustration. But in order for the world to heal, and for your sobriety to remain, it is important to make them.
There is no question that this pandemic has changed the world, and in many ways, it has opened millions of eyes to see where the cracks in the infrastructure are. While the world heals, the hope is that the lessons learned from this experience will help create a better healthcare system, providing more awareness of mental health and understanding of the difficulties of addiction. These lessons can also help us learn to be more accountable for our actions, so we are better equipped to face future challenges.
Change might not be bad or good or temporary or lasting, but it can be difficult. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the negative spins that change can create. Getting through those clouds back to sunny skies might seem impossible. If you feel helpless about the future, then it’s time to get help. True Recovery offers 24/7 care and treatment options to put you back on a positive road to recovery. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.