Getting Back To Work After The Pandemic

Danielle Levy, nursing, life after the pandemic, Wirral blogger, nurse blogger, lifestyle blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I am very much a homebody but I still love the social side of my work, whether it be catching up with my work friends, work parties or going to blogging events and meeting my blogging friends for drinks. I never thought that being told I wasn't allowed to leave my house at all or even interact with my own family for months would change so much within me.

I felt like the months of shielding went by and I never really saw the light at the end of the tunnel. During the thick of it, I had periods where I was being told that there was a real chance that I may never return to being a Critical Care nurse due to my health conditions if things didn't calm down. Hearing news like that was devastating for me and for a while I didn't know what I would do or what my life would be like if I couldn't be a patient-facing nurse. I am so thankful that that course of action never actually ended up happening but it has made me start considering other paths for work should I ever get to a point where I can't carry on being a nurse.

I'm 100% a workaholic, I put the pressure on myself to always be doing something so going from working as a full time nurse and doing everything I do with my blog to being stuck inside my home with nothing to do but my blog and social media, my body and mind completely freaked out and I honestly just couldn't cope with not being so go, go, go. After I reached that point, I had a couple of weeks where I could barely function. I basically became a blob that barely resembled a human, that didn't have the motivation to do anything but watch Netflix and cuddle the puppy. When I first found out that I was going to be shielding I had so many plans to get things organised at home, be on it with my blog and even start making a bank of YouTube videos so I could slowly start making videos again because I really do love creating and editing them. 

I remember that first Sunday after going back to work, I felt like a nervous little kid going back to school. Ironing my uniform, packing my bags for work, and getting an early night. I felt like a baby nurse going back to work and was so anxious that I wouldn't remember how to do anything or how to make up any of the drugs we regularly use. I am so thankful to have such an incredible work family, not only did so many of them check in with me throughout my shielding and were so supportive of my anxiety about coming back to work. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive on my first day back which I don't think they all realise how much they helped me. I'm still finding my feet with getting back to work (which wasn't helped by a bout of food poisoning) and I honestly think it's going to take a couple of weeks before I feel confident and back to myself at work. 

How do you feel coming out of lockdown?

Speak to you next time!

Danielle Levy, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Danielle Levy

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