Health facts

Easing out of lockdown and social anxiety

With the weather getting warmer and days getting longer, there is a real sense that there is a lot to look forward to. However, after a year of isolation the thought of re-entering a packed social life can be daunting. Surveys have shown that individuals have a variety of worries relating to lockdown easing. These relate to concerns about leaving the house and the possibility of catching COVID.

Additionally, some are worried about how this recent period of social isolation will impact on them in the future. It is completely understandable to feel like this given the changes we have experienced this year. However, there are some tools you can use to alleviate some of these concerns:

  • All the usual principles of eating well, exercising, taking time for yourself and having a clear routine apply as lockdown eases.
  • It is important that when it comes to restrictions easing, you set some boundaries yourself, ensuring you feel comfortable with all the socialising you partake in. Maybe try meeting up with one friend for a walk or picnic in the next few weeks, or schedule a few more video calls to get used to interacting with more people. Try meeting with someone you know you feel comfortable with first.
  • It is important to open up with friends and family about how you are feeling. This may alleviate some of the internal pressure that many individuals feel to socialise. Most importantly, reward yourself for any steps taken. It does not matter how long you go out for, even if its just an hour that is still an important achievement.
  • Finally, remember it is completely normal to feel anxious about the changes coming up, it has been a tough year for all.

Dealing with uncertainty in COVID-19

  • Living during the coronavirus pandemic has been a very difficult time for us all. It is particularly difficult to manage the uncertainty.
  • Some of this uncertainty may have been alleviated when the roadmap to easing lockdown was announced. However, we have tips to help deal with any further anxiety you may be facing.
  • Take some time to assess how you are feeling right now, think of factors leading to these feelings and talk to someone.
  • Focus on the elements you can control, some things like rising cases or government guidance may be out of your hands.
  • Think of activities you enjoy doing and devote some time in your day to this.

Celebrate all the small wins in your life.

  • If you’re feeling bored and fed up, maybe make some small changes to your routine to ease this feeling.

Keeping healthy during the pandemic

  • When scrolling through social media, it can be overwhelming watching countless people exercising, cooking or taking up new skills. There is nothing wrong if you have not been able to do any of these things yourself. Just getting through each day is sometimes all that is possible at the moment. However, it is important to take small steps to keep your mind and body healthy.
  • When working from home, you may end up sitting down for long periods of time. Find regular opportunities to stand up and stretch, or change your sitting posture. If you are struggling to think of ways to break up your sitting time, try walking up and down the stairs, stretching or doing some light cleaning.
  • The World Health Organisation recommend that all adults do 30 minutes of physical activity a day, so try going for a brisk walk to get some fresh air or put on your favourite music and dance - there are lots of great exercise videos on YouTube. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet during the pandemic. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and try and opt for foods rich in fibre and low in salt. Drink lots of water and try and reduce your sugar intake.
  • In order to keep your mind healthy, try and minimise the amount of time you spend watching or reading the news. Stick to a regular routine which includes a good sleep pattern and make time to prepare healthy meals. 
  • Try to get outside for some fresh air and allow sufficient time to complete tasks related to work and family life. 
  • Ensure your screen time is restricted to times where you actually need them. Although social media is a great way to connect with people it can generate negative feelings, and if you find this happening you may need to take a break from it. 
  • It can also be rewarding to help others at a time of need, and if you want to find a way to help you can contact organisations through your local community.
  • Finally, try to avoid using alcohol and drugs to ease your anxiety, this can often make you feel worse.

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Page last updated:

November 30, 2021

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