Manage feelings about lockdown easing
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, you may be feeling anxious or worried about the return to the world outside. Mind has published some tips on how to manage your feelings of unease during this transition.
Take time to readjust
There is no ‘normal’ response to changes to lockdown. Your feelings may be affected by lots of things that are out of your control.
Talk to someone you trust
It might feel hard to start talking about how you are feeling. But many people find that sharing their experiences can help them feel better.
Remind yourself of the things you can control
Try to focus on the things you can change, rather than the things that are outside your control. For example, limiting the amount of news you read when you are struggling may help.
Express your feelings creatively
This could be by writing, drawing, painting, or any other creative way that feels helpful to you.
Focus on self-care
During the last few weeks of lockdown, it is important to take some time for yourself, and focus on the little things that mean a lot.
Dress up to cheer up
Change out of your pyjamas or your jogging bottoms and put on something that makes you feel good, even if it’s just to pop to the shop. Get a haircut booked in when hairdressers open next week, and start to take care of your body and mind.
Put the alcohol away
Many of us may have got into some bad habits during this winter lockdown. If you have started to drink alcohol regularly, start switching your evening beverage for something non-alcoholic. You can add a fizzy grape juice to your wine glass, which will still give you that relaxing feeling.
Prepare for work
If you’ve been on furlough for the past few months, start preparing yourself for your return to work. Get back into a routine of going to bed early and getting up when you usually would on a work day. Prepare your work clothes or any equipment you need so you’re ready to make a start when the time comes.
Do something you enjoy
Whether it’s doing some exercise, playing your favourite music and having a dance, or taking a relaxing bath – do something that makes you feel good.
If you are struggling with anxiety or low mood and you feel you need some extra support, Community Living Well provides a range of services to help you, including a Self-Care programme.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 7th April 2021