We’ve all spent months in lockdown and dreamed of when we can get out and see our family and friends, go out for a meal or a coffee, or fly away to sunnier climes again. But now that lockdown is easing and we are slowly getting some of our freedoms back, is there a part of you that feels nervous about what post Covid-19 life might look like?
If you are experiencing post-lockdown anxiety, know that this is completely normal, especially if you’ve been completely isolating for health reasons. You might be stuck between wanting to reclaim some kind of normality for yourself and being fearful about putting yourself in harm’s way. You aren’t the only person who feels this way.
Here’s how to beat post-lockdown anxiety.
Find ways to feel safe and in control
There has been much about this pandemic that has been out of our control, but taking steps to help you feel safe can reduce your anxiety. You can keep washing your hands often and carry hand sanitiser with you. You can practice social distancing, and wear a mask in places where it’s difficult to keep your distance from others.
Remember that you can’t control what other people do
If seeing other people flouting social distancing rules or doing something else that’s ill-advised, don’t let it trigger your anxiety or anger. This might seem easier said than done, but all you have to do is realise that not everyone feels the same way as you do about the situation and you can’t control what they do or force them to follow the advice. All you can do is do what you can to keep yourself safe.
Think about how you spend your time
Try to avoid reading scare-mongering articles online or inflammatory posts on social media. Yes, it’s good to keep informed, but it shouldn’t disturb your peace. Instead of spending hours on end scrolling, spend your time doing things that bring you joy. In fact, post-lockdown is a great way to think about the balance in your life in general. If your life wasn’t very balanced before the pandemic, now is the perfect time to think about how you can make it better.
Know that you don’t have to rush back into life straight away
The shops are open, the pubs are open, and the hairdressers are open but don’t feel like you have to rush back into life at 100mph. If you don’t feel comfortable going to places where there are going to be a lot of people, start small. Invite one friend round for a coffee in the garden, then a few friends the week after, and so on. Take it at your own pace.
Get clued up on the situation at work
If the time has come for you to go back to work, have a chat with your manager about what is being done to keep you safe and what might be different when you go back. This will help you feel less anxious and more prepared about going back. If you have any concerns at all, make sure you discuss these with your manager. You have a right to feel safe at work and your employer has a duty of care to look after your health, safety, and wellbeing.
The state of mental health post-Covid-19
You have probably read the headlines about the effects that Covid-19 and the lockdown have had on people’s mental health. The pandemic has brought stress, anxiety, depression, and grief to the lives of millions, and this fallout of it all remains to be seen.
Mental health services were already stretched and woefully underfunded prior to this, so many people won’t be able to access the help they need.
But the situation is not hopeless, we can take it in to our own hands. We can get informed and learn how to help ourselves or others in their time of need.
Our Online Mental Health Courses
Face to face training is not possible for the foreseeable future, but here at Traincon Learning, we know that there’s going to be such a need for mental health awareness training in the coming months. That’s why we are so pleased to announce that four of our mental health training courses are moving online.
Click here to find out more about our available courses and book a place.