The new normal is here, but some of us may not be ready to reenter society just yet.

The past 18 months have brought change on a scale that no one could have predicted. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through society and what were once everyday tasks became impossible.

While the physical health-related impact of Covid-19 predominantly affected the older members of society, it is the younger generation that arguably experienced the most damage to their mental wellbeing. Research from the Health Foundation shows that young people aged from 12 to 24 years were one of the groups worst-affected by the pandemic. Being unable to meet up with friends, visit the usual hangouts and attend classes in person made everyone’s world a whole lot smaller. For those people that had recently started university courses, the impact of lockdown and self-isolation was especially severe. Being in a new environment, but unable to enjoy all the social aspects of life at uni, left many freshers feeling isolated, lonely and vulnerable at what should have been the most exciting time in their lives.

After so much negative change and so much lost time, it would seem logical that everyone should now be bursting to get out and about to enjoy their newfound freedom. But, as restrictions lift, a large number of young people are approaching the new normal with a feeling of trepidation. Right now, for many people, the thought of socialising and being out in crowded places is far less appealing than it was pre-pandemic. If the idea of returning to everyday life fills you with anxiety rather than excitement, you are certainly not alone. Research conducted by Kingston University and London Southbank University found young people were among those that are more likely to feel anxious about returning to normal life post-Covid. This was demonstrated by young people scoring highly on the COovid-19 Anxiety Syndrome Scale during the research.

What to Do if You are Anxious About Getting Back to Normal

If the return to normality post-covid is causing you anxiety, it is crucial not to be hard on yourself. This has been a unique time and something that nobody could have prepared for, so try not to put pressure on yourself.

You may find it easier to return to everyday life slowly. So, instead of going to wild house parties or packed bars, you may prefer to start by going to private events. Private parties and events at venues such as Clevedon Hall will be a lot less stressful as the events will be managed, and it will be simpler to stay socially distanced and sanitise your hands when you want to. It is much harder to maintain your distance and keep up with hand hygiene in a busy bar, so private events are a great way to ease yourself back into socialising.

Reaching out for help can feel challenging, but it is essential to receive support as you readjust to life. Discussing your feelings with the people you trust can help build up your confidence as you start to venture out and about.


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