POST-LOCKDOWN ANXIETY: HOW TO COPE
Life after lockdown can be a scary thought. Here's some tips that may help you deal with any niggling social anxiety issues.
The easing of coronavirus rules means that you can now meet friends for cocktails, host that long-awaited family barbecue and still be able to attend your mates wedding.
But while some of us are high fiving and fist-pumping, others are less than excited. We spoke to mindfulness teacher Alexandra Constant also founder and owner The Mill Birth and Wellbeing Centre near Duddington, Stamford about how to deal with any niggling anxiety issues as restrictions are lifted.
It’s important to remember that everyone has mixed emotions of what is happening and not everyone will be feeling the same way. Your feelings are valid and could come with a mixture of highs and lows. There is no correct way in how to approach coming out of lockdown, recognise what is right for you and take it one step at a time, your experience is yours alone, and there is no need to compare yourself with others. Show yourself some care and compassion in navigating the next steps. Don’t be afraid to turn down invitations if it doesn’t feel right to you.
BE PRESENT IN THE MOMENT
By focusing on the present moment you can take pleasure in the little things, showing gratitude can be helpful and remind us to look out for the pleasurable moments throughout your day. Many Mindfulness techniques can help you to be more present in your daily life, find a local Mindfulness course if you feel you may need support in this.
TALK TO SOMEONE
This could be friends, family, colleagues or an outside impartial person. Worries and concerns can feel easier to manage when you speak them out loud. You may not be the only one with these worries, fears or concerns and they are completely valid. Opening up and sharing how you feel can help you both feel supported and understood. If you feel there isn’t anyone you are able to speak to there are support services out there such as the Samaritans or Mind.
If there is an occasion or something in particular that is making you feel more anxious, plan ahead. If it is an event or new location have a look on their website and see how they are operating under the current guidelines. Give yourself enough time to get to the venue, a few deep breaths in the car can help ease your mind.
GET OUT IN NATURE
Perhaps you don’t want to go to events or mix in bigger crowds but you still want to get out and enjoy things. Go out for walks, arrange play days in the local parks. You can still be in control of how you manage coming out of lockdown and spend time with people you may have not been able to see.