The long-awaited June 21st is fast approaching, which (if all goes to plan) will see the end of all current Covid19 restrictions. Over the last few weeks, many lockdown restrictions have been gradually lifted and the country has started to open back up again. We’ve been able to travel across the UK (and to limited other countries), meet up with our friends, go for meals, visit bars – the list goes on! However, many people are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, which is completely normal and understandable.
If you are feeling like this, here are some ways that you can protect your mental health post lockdown…
- Go at your own pace
Don’t feel pressured to make plans or visit somewhere you don’t feel comfortable. Getting back to ‘normal’ life is a huge adjustment after lockdown, so don’t think that you have to say yes to every invite you get. It’s completely okay to take things slow.
- Remember that these feelings are valid
Don’t beat yourself up or feel bad for not wanting to socialise or go out after lockdown. Feeling anxious, worried, or overwhelmed is a completely normal and valid response to have.
- Talk to your loved ones
It’s always a good idea to reach out and share your feelings with those you trust. Let them know how you feel and talk about your concerns and anxieties. You never know, they may even be feeling the same way!
- Think about peak times
If you do want to start getting out again more but are worried about how busy somewhere will be, why not try to book for a quieter time? For example, you might want to head back to your favourite restaurant – try booking on a Monday or Tuesday instead to ease you back in.
- Make time for yourself
It’s important to set aside some time for yourself to relax and recharge, which in turn will help you become better equipped to manage your anxiety. Whether you enjoy playing a sport, reading, or even cooking up a delicious dinner, it’s important to carve out time for this.
- Take a break from social media and the news
Both of these things can fuel anxieties, so try to limit your exposure. It can be hard to avoid these things, so try and switch off your notifications or only check the news once a day.
- Get professional help
If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to speak to your GP or a mental health professional. They will be able to help you manage your anxieties and support you in your recovery.