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The Return

My social battery is recharged and I’m ready to start using it! Or am I?

Almost 18 months ago I wrote a blog at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown called “Living the Introverted Dream.” Despite the overall challenges of working remotely and doing school online, I was actually thriving in a socially distanced world. I found that I had the mental energy to do the things I wanted and didn’t need to take extra recovery time that I would in the pre-pandemic world after facilitating a program or hanging out with friends and family. 

However, now that the world is returning to some semblance of “normal,” I am noticing a shift in my desire to be social and around people. Where I used to be the person who would wait for others to make plans or invite me places, I find myself initiating group hangouts and seeking out opportunities to socialize. While this is all very new and exciting, I am coming off quite a few back to back weeks of socializing because of graduation, moving in with new roommates, and seeing family and friends for the first time. I notice that I am feeling very drained! A type of tiredness I haven’t felt in a very long time. It is becoming clear to me that I need to re-learn how to set boundaries that will allow me to balance my energy levels as we return to a slightly more “normal” life. 

It will be important to help ourselves and the people around us relearn and recognize their needs to ensure a successful return to in-person schooling and work. There are a couple things we should keep in mind. 

Expect “pandemic fatigue”. 

Just like our transition online caused high levels of burnout, this transition back to in person may cause fatigue in ways you may not expect. Maybe you’re like me and need to relearn how to set those boundaries and take time to recharge. Or maybe you’re like my colleague, who expected to easily jump back in but now feels the need to retrain her body and readjust to the energy requirement of in-person interaction. 

Not everyone/everything will “return to normal” at the same rate. 

Even though there are elements of pre-pandemic life coming back, we need to keep in mind that the bounce back to “normal” won’t be instantaneous. People around the world have experienced so much change in the past 18 months, and it continues to affect our daily lives, specifically with school and work. Give yourself and others grace as it will take time to adjust to changing expectations of what post-pandemic life looks like. 

We all will require different things. 

Everyone will need support, whether it seems like it or not. In order to have success during this transitional period, this support will look different for each individual. It is important to not only ask what people around us need, but give them the time and space to think about these needs as well. 

While these coming months are uncertain, we are a resilient world that has the skills to traverse any difficulties. Lean on each other and continue to explore our needs so that we can advocate for ourselves and others. We can do it!

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*Meet the Author*

CaelanCooney

Kylie is entering her third year with Leadership Inspirations! She is currently a student at Chapman University, finishing up her B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Leadership. She is also in her first year of a Master’s program focused on Leadership Development at Chapman University.

Favorite Quote: “Take your time, don’t move too fast, troubles come and they will pass” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fun Facts: 1) I grew up overseas in 7 different countries 2) I love music and love to sing 3) I can play 5 instruments!