Adjusting to life after lockdown: What to expect

Lois King on 11 May 2021
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We've all adjusted to the 'new normal', but what comes next? How can we now adjust to the newer normal. Here's why it's going to be a learning process.

If you’ve already started hitting up the pubs in a bid to return to normality, you’ll have noticed that socialising just isn’t as easy as it once was. Here’s a list of scenarios that you’ll relate to in the adjustment period, from living a lockdown life to getting back into the swing of things. 

1. Waking up early will be difficult

For the last year and a half, your morning routine has likely consisted of rolling out of bed at the same time as your seminar starts. You’ve forgotten how to manage your time in the mornings and can’t find a single thing to wear, meaning that arriving on time for your 9am classes will be quite a rush.

2. You will feel like a Fresher all over again 

Having only seen the campus virtually before the pandemic struck, you will have forgotten where you’re supposed to be and get lost on your way to lectures. Luckily, everyone else will be just as lost as you.

3. You will have to re-learn how to socialise 

Having only met your classmates through a screen, there’s a weird sensation that you already know them, yet you hardly know them at the same time. That means that once you’re back in the lecture theatre, you’re likely to forget to introduce yourself and trip over your words. Luckily for you, everyone else will be making a fool of themselves, too. 

4. Going out will be awkward 

With the rule of six still in place as we move out of lockdown, it can become tricky organising pub trips. It almost feels like you have to be selective with your friends and skirt around the issue when others ask what you did last night to avoid offending those who weren’t selected.

5. You’ll wonder where the hand sanitiser and masks are

Over lockdown, you probably changed your routine before leaving the house from checking that you’ve got your ‘keys, wallet and phone’ to the additions of ‘mask and sanitiser’. When masks and sanitiser are no longer necessities in shops, lecture theatres and halls, you’ll still reach for them and wonder where they are. 

6. You will be exhausted 

Adjusting to the added exercise of walking or cycling to lectures, the mental stimulation of engaging in classes and socialising equals a busy and tiring day out. It will take some time to get used to the swing of university life, but at the end of the first few days, you’ll need of some me-time.

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Lois King
Lois King on 11 May 2021