October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020 | Articles


Adjusting back to ‘normal’

As you begin to readjust back to your ‘normal’ pre-COVID lifestyle, you may experience some concern and apprehension around what is happening. We’ve pulled together the below tips and support services to help you transition.

As you begin to readjust back to your ‘normal’ pre-COVID lifestyle, you may experience some concern and apprehension around what is happening. We’ve pulled together the below tips and support services to help you transition.

Understand the facts

 

While restrictions have eased, they have not yet been completely removed. So, when adjusting to new regulations, be sure to continue exercising caution and best safety practices. Specific to community football, ensure you are up to date with league and club regulations, informing all relevant stakeholders as well (players, coaches, committee members and fans)

News and updates from the Australian Government can be found here and information on COVID-19 infection control guidelines for community sport can be found here.

 
Recognise the difference

 

Even though you may be excited to get out and about again, other people might still be wary of the lasting effects and danger of the virus. Certain players or coaches may be observing regulations more conservatively than the guidelines indicate as a minimum, so be mindful that some may wish to refrain from tackling and fist-bumps. We recommend continuing to offer personalized training plans and flexible face-to-face hours to ensure everyone is feeling safe and comfortable.

Information on how to continue to help stop the spread can be found here.

 
The new normal

 

There may be lasting effects following the impact of COVID-19. Your local coffee shop may have moved, or open hours at your community gym may have shifted. We encourage exercising psychological flexibility to help navigate through the dynamically changing landscape, finding a way to embrace whatever your ‘new normal’ might look like.

If at any stage you feel like you need support, you can reach out here.

 
Slow and steady wins the race

 

Managing any type of adjustment can be tricky, even when it is transitioning back into something positive. And, everyone deals with change differently. Some people will love rushing back into their old routines, while others may find it challenging. So, as the restrictions ease and you get back into the swing of things, take some time to check-in and monitor how you’re tracking.

Where required, don’t be shy to block out some time for yourself to make the adjustment a little more comfortable. It might seem strange putting ‘relaxation’ or ‘me-time’ into your to-do lists and calendar diaries, but it can help with balance.

While easing back in, be mindful of avoidance behaviours. Avoiding challenging experiences can sometimes helpful, but too much avoidance can increase stress related symptoms and make difficult experiences even more challenging to confront.

 
What did I learn about how I manage challenges?

 

During the physical isolation period you may have experienced some upsides, such as spending extra time with family, cooking more often, or enjoying virtual/online exercise programs. Equally, you may have found this time challenging difficult, managing issues related to decreased social interaction, too much down time or restricted access to gyms and clubrooms.

Take some time to reflect on how you personally managed your feelings during this period, and find a way to integrate the lessons you learned about yourself into your ‘new normal’. If you really enjoyed the ease of working-out from home, continue that new online Pilates class you found on YouTube. If you’ve really missed seeing your friends, block out a regular time to catch up with them in person (following appropriate government legislation, which can be found here).

 

Need Support? If you know someone who requires urgent assistance or support, please contact:

  • Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Emergency: 000

 

This article was provided by Tackle Your Feelings – a mental health training program for Community Footy Clubs, funded by the Z-Zurich Foundation and Zurich, Australia. 

Championing positive change in mental health

www.tackleyourfeelings.org.au.