We’ve all just spent the best part of a year in a bubble – both figuratively, and literally. And now that bubble is bursting, many of us are realising just how rusty our social skills have become.
What were once ‘unprecedented times’ have become our norm. After that first flurry of pub quizzes and chats about coronavirus stats and conspiracies, phones have fallen quieter, and social media updates have honed in on scenes of domestic bliss. Any interactions we have been allowed have been strictly al fresco, often with the Great British weather as an unwanted extra visitor.
And now, suddenly, it’s time to get back out there – and back in the pub. After all, we owe it to the hospitality industry to show our support!
Finding your feet, and your friends, after lockdown can be daunting, so we’ve compiled a little list of ways to ease yourself back into the old normal, and polish up those people skills.
Congregate with Colleagues
If you’ve been WFH for the duration of the pandemic, take the opportunity to break free from your desk and organise a lunchtime catch up with colleagues. It’s the perfect pub practice run: there’s no need to completely leave your pandemic comfort zone, and you’ll have plenty to talk about over a couple of no&lo cocktails.
Make the First Move
Whether it’s dating or just day drinking, making the first move takes guts. Instead of agonising over the perfect opening text, why not send an eDrink instead? It’s a great way to let someone know you’re thinking of them, and the perfect prompt for organising that first reunion drink.
Support Your Local
It’s time for social media to transcend TikTok dance crazes and live up to its name once more. Show support for your local with a strategically placed post comment or well timed Insta story, and you’ll have friends sliding into your DMs suggesting pints in no time.
Make a POA
Spontaneous nights out are still some way off – and that might just be a good thing. Forego the FOMO, and get the group chat buzzing by making a plan to suit everyone’s schedule. Organising a night out itinerary will give you something to focus on, and help you forget any niggling social anxieties.
Give Yourself a Break
It’s OK if you’re not ready to dive straight back into seven-day-a-week socialising. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the world will be still be there waiting for us, whenever we’re ready to rejoin it.
Stay safe, and have fun. We’ll see you in the pub soon!