There has been a lot of change recently with restrictions. It can be a confusing and stressful time for people, especially those who are prone to anxiety attacks. There are lots of ways you can cope with these changes, it’s all about finding what works for you. Here are some tips for coping with post lockdown anxiety and how you can manage your anxiety after restrictions are fully lifted.
Document Your Feelings
Bullet journaling has so many mental health benefits. Relaxation and stress relief are 2 of the reasons you should try to document your feeling, especially if you’re going out and not enjoying it. Documenting your feelings allows you to pinpoint what you’re anxious over so you can work on feeling better. It is a way to let out your feelings productively and creatively.
Journaling can be a coping mechanism for some, it’s a really good way to manage your anxiety of lockdown. Journals also allow you to look back on the steps you took to becoming happier and more comfortable with the ease of restrictions. It’s a great way of coping with post lockdown anxiety because there are so many ways you can use a bullet journal! If you need some bullet journal inspiration, why not check out my most recent bullet journal spread (spoiler: its Friends themed)!
One of the best things to do to manage your anxiety is to follow the guidelines as it will give you a sense of security. If you’re anxious about coming into contact with people, wear a face mask, sanitise regularly and keep your distance. Coping with post lockdown anxiety may feel easier and you may feel more comfortable with going out if you stick to the rules.
Strangely, wearing a facemask makes you feel a lot more protected than not. It gives you a sense of comfort, which may help with any anxiety you may be feeling. Every time you touch something, sanitise your hands. Whenever I go shopping, I like to put the food in the car and sanitise my hands before getting in. I will also wipe down the handles, boot, and anywhere else I have touched. Doing that has made me feel a lot better when going shopping.
Take Your Time
If you’re lucky enough to be still working from home or furloughed, you have the opportunity to take things at your own pace. If this is the case, take your time when going out. Stick to your comfort zones until you feel ready to try something new. If you take things slowly, even if it was seeing your friend from 2 meters apart, you will feel a lot less anxious.
If you have to go to work, figure out what concerns you the most. Avoid public transport if you can, make work the only place you venture out to and wear your protection. Although work isn’t something you can go slowly with, there are some things you could do. Only using public transport on Mondays is better than never. You’ll be easing yourself into other aspects of life, rather than work. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable with something, say no. It could be meeting your friends or having a meal out. If you aren’t ready, you’re allowed to say no. Coping with post lockdown anxiety is hard so take your time and dont do anything you dont wan’t to do.
Practise Self Care
If you’re having a tough day or have just come back from an anxious trip out, take some time to look after yourself. Self-care is an amazing practise that can help you nurture your mind and body. Try a few different things to find what works for you. Self-care is a great form of relaxation, and it looks after your well-being. Its important to look after your physical health whilst coping with post lockdown anxiety as this will impact your mental health.
When you practise self-care, you reduce your anxiety and stress while also doing an activity that you enjoy. It makes you feel better and can even increase your confidence over time. When lockdown full eases, make sure you’re regularly practising. It will really help your mental health and be a reward for pushing your boundaries. It’s a great way to sit down and take in what you’ve done during the day.
Seek Mental Health Support
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, especially if you’re really struggling. A global pandemic is something that none of us has experienced before. Any reaction is normal, but for some, it may be too much. There are lots of places that you can seek mental health support. If you’re nervous or don’t want to meet face to face, you can have online sessions. It’s really important that you seek help if you’re anxiety is becoming overwhelming. So many people will be anxious and needing some help with coping with post lockdown anxiety. If you need help, here are some places you can reach out to:
- Samaritans have an amazing self-help guide if you don’t want to talk to anyone
- You can call the NHS on 111 for mental health help
- Talk to someone at Every Mind Matters
- Email the helpful volunteers at MIND
- Book a face-to-face doctors appointment (these are limited)
- Talk to your GP using their online service (ask my GP)
Everyone will cope differently with the ease of lockdown. Some may be happy, while for others, it’s a dreaded fear. It’s okay to be nervous. There are people there to support you, whether you share your worries with your family or with a specialist. Everyone is in the same boat as nobody has experienced this before. If you’re following the guidelines and protecting yourself, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. How do you feel about the ease in lockdown? Let me know what you’re doing to cope with all of these changes!
Thank you for reading!
About the Guest Writer – Em
Em is a UK blogger focusing on blogging, business & sustainability on her blog “Love, Em“. With 4 years of experience in the blogging world, she is keen to share her knowledge. Emily is passionate about helping others, and since leaving college, has decided to put her passions into writing. You can find her over on social media!
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