Coping with anxiety caused by relaxation of lockdown restrictions

As we emerge out of lockdown and look to a brighter future, while it is exciting to see the world return to normality, it can also become overwhelming after a year of restrictions and worry.

For those who have been classed as high risk or vulnerable, the prospect of life resuming to normal can be daunting. You may be feeling anxious at the thought of meeting with a loved one again after many months apart.

Following these simple tips can help you or your loved one overcome post lockdown nerves.

Focus on the present

Focusing on the present and what you can do now can battel feelings of unease. It’s important to remember that the governments roadmap of restriction easing may not align with your timing of coming out of lockdown, assess what’s best for you. Try not to focus on the big milestones and take each day as it comes. Create your own goals to work towards that make you feel comfortable and safe, whilst of course following the guidelines.

Practice mindfulness

Recognise how you are feeling and don’t bury it away. Writing down your fears can be a great way to rationalise your worries and start to let them go. For every worry write a positive action which could help boost your mood.

“I am worried about meeting a friend in a busy cafe, but I am excited to taste my favourite coffee and cake again”.

Talk to the people you trust

Now is more important than ever to reach out and let others know your worries. A problem shared is a problem halved. Telling family and friends how you are feeling before or during upcoming restriction easing may make it easier for them understand and respect your boundaries.

Ease yourself into a social routine

It can be overwhelming getting an array of social invites after months of restrictions. Focus on whom you need to see and build yourself up to seeing different people gradually. It could be as simple as meeting up with a friend for a coffee in the park one week, and a different person the next week.

Looking after your physical health

Taking time out to go for a walk or partake in exercise is a great way to lift your mood and clear your mind. But it is equally important to take time to rest when handling anxiety. Sticking to a regular sleep pattern will significantly reduce your stress.

Focus on thing things you enjoy

Feeling anxious can stop us doing the things we usually enjoy. Hobbies can be a great relaxation technique and help anxious thoughts and feelings. Connect with others partaking in similar hobbies can be a great way to socialise at a distance. Some ideas could be joining a book club, bird watching, join a craft community, or simply listening to podcasts.

Moving forward

Feeling anxious is a completely natural response to life after lockdown and you are not alone. Reach out to family and friends about how you are feeling and you may find that they also feel this way. Focus on what you can for now and appreciate the little things, whether that means enjoying your morning cup of tea in the sunshine or reading your favourite book when you feel a little overwhelmed.

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