Taking Back Control After COVID

The past year has been tough! Imaan talks about focusing on the things we can control to ensure we feel strong coming out of the pandemic.

Woah, what a year!

It’s been a lot for us all and taken a lot from us, it’s been hard to not see our family and friends, and having that constant fear of COVID-19. But sound the alarms: that day is here, the day we thought we’d never see.

We’re going back to 'normal'. Is it just me or have we forgotten what that is?

Hugging people, going out and doing things – that all seems alien now. We’re all just used to taking our dogs on long walks in empty parks and running down the stairs to hear the government updates. Seems like forever ago, when we had a life without COVID-19.


'Covid' – a word that was foreign to us all but then took over our lives. But finally, it's coming to a close, this is supposed to be a happy occasion, but there are a million emotions going through our minds right now. That can be scary but trust me it’s so normal, probably the most normal thing in this whole situation.

We just got out a pandemic, for most of us it’s the first pandemic we’ve ever experienced and will hopefully be our last.

Maybe we like our life of Zoom meetings, staying at home all day, and having those cheeky lay-ins. Thinking about it like that, don’t we all want to just carry on with lockdown life? But then again, don’t we all want just want to go hug our grandparents or have the funniest times out with our friends?

Cartoon illustration of friends together.

There are good things in both worlds, so of course the transition is going to be hard.

It's like when you leave primary school to go to high school – not only is it hard to let go, but it's daunting too.

But we’re strong, we’ve just lived through a pandemic, we can do this.

Everyone will be feeling different about lockdown easing and changing government restrictions, but we are all going to do it together.

You might feel sad, worn down, angry, worried, frustrated, anxious, annoyed, scared, overwhelmed and more, but we should all be hopeful for the future – and feel positive people are getting their vaccinations! We can make plans to go abroad and get that glowing tan. We’ve all grown as people during this time, and you should be so proud of yourself.

You might be facing a lot of challenges now that lockdown is ending and it might be hard to cope with. But as things remain a bit uncertain, we should focus on what we can control and take positive steps to look after ourselves.

Cartoon illustration of friends outside.

Here are some ways to look after yourself:

  • Talk to someone you trust, or write in a diary/write a blog
  • Recognise your challenges and overcome them
  • Keep in touch with all your friends and talk about it with them, they're most likely going through the same thing as you
  • Practice self-care, remember you are important!

It’s so important to love yourself and embrace your life, especially in this difficult time! Concentrate on what makes you happy in the world, feel secure in your life.

Self-love. Self-care. Is this all easy to say? Yes. Is it going to be hard sometimes? Yes. Can I do it? 100%.

So, what are you waiting for? Come on, COVID-19 has taken control of our lives for too long, it's finally time to start taking it back.

Remember to look after yourself and think about your own mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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