Managing the Easing of Lockdown
Written by WWTW Clinical Lead, Carolyn Brown
Coming out of lockdown is something that is going to happen, slowly. Everyone is unique and we have all been affected by COVID in different ways. For some, coming out of lockdown may be overwhelming. It could take time to adjust to being able to move about more freely with fewer restrictions in place. It took a while to get used to being in lockdown, so the likelihood of struggling when coming out of lockdown would be quite normal.
Pre-lockdown life could be quite chaotic – rushing here and there and trying to keep up with the fast pace of life. Staying home and home working has become the new normal for quite a while. This slower pace of life has been welcomed by many and it is a testimony to the resilience of people.
The uncertainty of the unknown also may have exacerbated some mental issues that may have been simmering below the surface, so as we slowly ease out of lockdown, for some this transition is tentative and causing some anxieties. Here are some tips for managing the move back to a less isolated existence:
● Talk to others
You may have been particularly isolated, experienced bereavement or been completely overwhelmed.
● Take things slowly
Don’t feel rushed into ‘joining in’.
● Be kind to yourself
None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes. Recognise that you are doing the best you can in difficult circumstances.
You can read more of our self-care and isolation resources here