Lockdown easing & anxiety
How I feel about lockdown now in comparison to how I felt at the beginning is a big
difference. The thought of seeing the outside world and doing something as simple as going
to my local supermarket was a massive struggle for me. I literally created my own bubble
inside a bubble, which I didn't know how to get out of. I was so busy focusing on how to cope
with being stuck inside by working on my physical health which also helped with my mental
I decided that I wanted to set myself a bit of a routine so started each morning with a
30 minute workout to get mentally prepared for rest of the day. Then would think of a way to
keep my creativity going, by writing a new song every other day. During this time of
being at home I was doing a maths course which went from being in a classroom to online.
Having to figure out what each day was going to look like became my new norm which
distracted me from the outside. This was until I planned to take a walk to my local
supermarket which saw my anxiety get the best of me. To my surprise it was the thought of
bursting my newly formed bubble that scared me the most. However, with a little
encouragement I made my way out the door, a little on edge, but it was needed. Another moment was going back to work alongside other people who I hadn’t seen for a long period of time - another scary thought. Leaving my bubble to be in a new bubble, a new setup,
and a different environment; luckily that didn't take long to adjust to.
So at the beginning I said there was a difference from then to now? Yes, I couldn't wait for April 12th to come; my mind-set changed and I felt more positive. I went from being anxious to feeling excited to make plans with others to see the outside world again.
A suggestion I can make in terms of dealing with the easing of lockdown is to consider how to cope in certain environments.
- If the idea of meeting up with more than one person in a group scenario is
overwhelming then start off by meeting with one person which is a good way to ease
you back into socialising with others outside.
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- Being in an overcrowded space whilst shopping can be a lot to handle for many after
having not gone to a retail store for a significant amount of time. So why not take a
trip to somewhere possibly local as a start even if it’s just to browse for a couple
- Going out to eat with friends or family should be an enjoyable experience however if
being amongst others seems a little daunting as it’s been a while why not find
somewhere spacious and not overcrowded.
It’s all about finding a balance and figuring out what works for you. Although I'm not
completely sure how my mind changed, one thing I do know is that you have to sometimes
break the cycle to see different results.
Written By Jessica