3 Things You Can Do To Ease Back Into Pre-Pandemic Life

June 9, 2021 4:46 pm Published by

Are you among the over 70% of all Connecticut residents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19?  That’s great news!  Now you can start to return to your life as it was before the pandemic began.

What’s that you say?  It’s easier to say that then to do that?  

It’s true, getting back to “normal” is going to require a transition period for all of us and especially those who have been following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to the letter of the law from the start of COVID-19 back in March.  The good news is that there is no hurry to completely get back to normal and there are some small steps you can take to start feeling better about a post-pandemic life.

  1. Start small.  Yes, you can attend gatherings with other people who have been vaccinated, but large gatherings may be a step too far at first.  Start small with your close girlfriends coming over or by visiting just with your best friend.  Slowly ramp up the size of the gatherings until you’re feeling comfortable with the gatherings of a larger variety.
  2. Stay outside.  Summer is here and there is plenty of research that indicates that outdoor activities are far and away the safest activities you can participate in.  You can visit with friends and family and keep the gatherings outside so you can feel comfortable knowing that even with the vaccine you are able to maintain some distance.
  3. Don’t be afraid to say no.  If you are invited to a gathering and there are going to be people you don’t know there that are going to be maskless and it is indoors, don’t be afraid to politely turn down the invitation.  There will always be a next time and participating in one of the riskier behaviors according to the CDC could be a mistake you want to take back.  

One of the most important things you can remember as you’re thinking about life over the next few months and years is that your comfort level should dictate all of your decisions.  If you are not comfortable with a particular situation you should avoid it.  If you are, then go for it!

Here’s to a happy and healthy summer that sees you taking good care of your mental and physical health and that of those around you.