What if I feel like a different person after COVID?
” I’m a different person, my values have changed and I don’t know what sort of person I want to be”
You might feel that you are a different person after COVID – that the things that matter to you most have changed.
It might be useful to reassess your values and what is important to you, so that you can identify how you want to live your life and move forward.
” I’m a different person, but I don’t WANT to be”
You might have the thought that being a different person is a bad thingthat you can’t do the things that used to be very important to you.
It’s important to remember that it’s going to take time to recover, and that we can take smaller steps towards where we want to be:
Just like you can’t be expected to run a marathon straight after spending 6 months injured!
You might also feel that because you can’t do the things you used to, this makes you a ‘worse’ person. It’s important to be kind to yourself, notice and open up to these thoughts and understand that it’s the caveman brain trying to force us back into action:
Refer back to the ‘kind hands’ exercise and unhook from this thought, in the same way that you would unhook from other types of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
You can also adapt your approach to make sure we’re still doing the things that are important to us:
Using memory aids to help with brain fog.
Meeting friends locally or virtually if travelling is difficult for us.
Spending time with children in different ways such as playing board games rather than football.
Remember, part of our goals being SMART is that they should be attainable – they should be things that we are able to achieve:
We can still live in line with our values, even if we need to adapt the way that we do this.
One of our values might be being active or outdoors – we can make sure we spend time outside and being present in nature without over-exercising.
” So what can I do?”
Revisit your values and identify the things that are important to you now.
Notice the thoughts that you’re having, and practice de-fusion from uncomfortable thoughts about your sense of self or self-worth.
Create some SMART goals based on these values – remember, these goals should be attainable based on your current abilities.
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