Returning to Your ‘Normal Life’ Post-COVID Might Be Harder Than You Think

6 min readMay 17, 2021

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

You probably recognize these as the opening lines from the legendary Charles Dickens 1859 historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Although the book is from a different era, these lines can also apply to the current situation in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have experienced the worst of times that accompanied it; death of loved ones, loss of jobs, poverty, restrictions on activities, social isolation, and poor mental health. There have been times when things looked so hopeless, and the top question in our minds was, “Will we ever go back to normal after this pandemic?”

Nonetheless, there have also been some of the best of times from this experience including, more family time, more spirituality as people turned to God in the time of need, increased community spirit, focus on holistic wellness, better working habits, and reduced environmental pollution.

With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more people getting vaccinated every day, we…