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Life as we knew it has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in our work and family lives. With no clear end in sight, and with changes occurring daily, it can be difficult to adjust to this ‘new normal’.

From physical distancing to practising good hand hygiene – these have become part of our daily routines. A rapidly-changing environment has meant a greater need for us to be agile and adaptive.

This is challenging - and even more challenging for those of us who don’t like change at the best of times. Being overwhelmed and feeling like we aren’t in control of our own lives can lead to frustration and burn-out.

Here are nine tips to help you adjust to our new normal:

  • Be accepting of the situation
  • Respond instead of reacting
  • Give yourself time to process new information
  • Allow yourself time to adapt to change. Everyone reacts to new things differently
  • Be flexible and open to relinquishing control over the situation
  • Go easy on yourself and manage expectations at work and at home
  • Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t
  • Set new routines that work for you and don’t pressure yourself
  • Practise mindfulness. Be in the moment and focus on what you can achieve today.
Current as at: Thursday 18 June 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW