June 12, 2020 4:20 pm
Are you feeling anxious about life after lockdown? For a lot of us, the past couple of months have been spent hidden away, in the comfort of our own homes, away from anxiety triggers the outside world brings. With lockdown restrictions slowly being lifted, many people will be feeling anxious about life and 'going back to normality'
Whether you are feeling anxious or are searching for some advice on how to cope with life after lockdown, we have put together a few tips to help...
Talk to your loved ones
One of the best things you can do for your health and mental wellbeing is to talk to loved ones around you. Talking to others you trust can ease the worry you may feel about transitioning into normality.
If you have concerns about your children going back to school, contact the school to find out the measures they have put into place to ensure your child’s safety. Do the same with your workplace, contact your employer and ask about what support they offer, such as a phased return back, or about the procedure they will be putting in place to transition into a safer workplace.
Get yourself back into a routine
A great way to help ease you back into normality is to begin slowly restabilising your old routine. If you are one of the many people who haven’t left home often, try taking the first step by getting used to the sounds of the outside world, if anything your body will appreciate the fresh air and exercise and help you burn up any adrenaline and anxiety that has been building up.
Be careful with what you read
Of course, staying informed and alert with what is going on is important, as feeling well-informed can help with uncertainty, however, it is important to make sure you are getting your information from reliable sources.
If you are feeling anxious or nervous, don’t hesitate to take a break from reading or watching the news, instead of to things that will boost your morale and mood such as a walk, baking, meditation, reading, or chatting to a loved one over the phone.
Remember that you do not have to do everything in one big leap, these things take time
Instead, spread things out and implement a phased return to normality. If you have any specific worries such as large gatherings, using public transport or going back to work, try countering these issues by using public transport during less busy times, to get used to the feeling of using public transport again, If you aren’t yet ready to interact with people from other households there is nothing wrong with continuing to social distance and taking the next leap once you are ready.
Remember that it is okay to take longer than others to adjust.
This post was written by millerwp