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COVID, is this life as we know it? Centr answers…

Centr, Chris Hemsworth’s amazing and powerful new Fitness APP (www.centr.com) speaks right to the heart of the MenStylePower man. This Aussie, who epitomises what it means to be a Father, Successful Businessman and ambassador to areas that need a protector, released a free 6-week trial of the APP last month and we jumped on that bandwagon, and galloped into the sunset with a rodeo yehaaaaaaa.

Not only does the APP move you through a motivated self-fitness plan, it also shows you the best recipes and meal plans for your fitness goals, has a Facebook Community that is utterly hilarious with the video workouts of people determined to make it through the program, and also of heart-felt stories of people crying tears of joy who’ve not been able to shape up successfully before.

So now Centr is helping you get back on track with Australia opening up shop again, and they talk through the reverse culture shock, by using some tactics to help you move back into society.

1. Pace yourself You don’t have to reconnect with every single friend on day one or eat in every single restaurant the first week they reopen. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or others to be social. Take your time to slowly rebuild your old relationships and return to old habits. You might have the option to return to the office or continue working from home for a period – weigh up what you feel comfortable with. You may find a split between office and home for a few weeks helps you ease back in.

2. Be understanding Everyone experiences the reverse culture shock W-curve at different rates, so be mindful of that. Just because you’re raring to get back into the swing of things doesn’t mean everyone else in your orbit is. Make allowances for others to adjust and give them the time and space they need.

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE RARING TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS DOESN’T MEAN EVERYONE ELSE IN YOUR ORBIT IS.”

3. Hold on to your lockdown positives If there were parts of isolation that you actually loved – perhaps it was exercising or reading more, cooking at home more often, being more involved in your kids’ schoolwork – there is no reason you can’t bring these positives back into the ‘real world’ with you. Look at your daily schedule and carve out time where you can make these activities a priority. By continuing with the things that played a positive part in your lockdown lifestyle, you will also soften the culture shock of your return to a more normal life.

4. Talk about your experiences Boy oh boy, there is going to be a lot to of lockdown talk on that first day back at the coalface with your work buddies! But don’t let the conversation end there. Be open and honest with your colleagues, friends, and family about where you’re at on the W-curve. Discussing your ups and downs will help to normalize the experience – and reassure you that you’re not the only one going through it.

5. There is light at the end of the tunnel Remember, a W-curve ends with you on a high point and a rollercoaster ride eventually deposits you back on steady ground. Research tells us that, like diplomats returning from work in foreign countries or scientists returning from a stint in the Antarctic, we WILL readjust to ‘normal’ life (however different to our old lives it may be) – it will just take some time. Take it easy on yourself until you feel the ground beneath your feet start to even out.

If the prospect of returning to everyday life is making you particularly anxious or you find the transition a struggle, talk to your doctor or psychologist. Don’t hesitate to call the crisis hotline in your country if you need support:

USA: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 Australia: Lifeline on 13 11 14 UK: Hopeline on 0800 068 4141 Other: Contact your country’s crisis support hotline.

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