11 tips for those who are not sure who want to go out after lockdown
The NHS brings us a list of 11 ways to cope with anxiety after lockdown, mostly lifted during the summer a time to enjoy our free days to go out.
If you’re struggling with anxiety to understand how to come back to a gasp of “normal life” after lockdown, we recommend the following tips to put your mind at ease and enjoy the summer.
1. Go at your own pace
It might be tempting to make lots of plans and say yes to everything as things start to open up, but there’s no need to rush.
Take it step by step, and only do what is comfortable and safe for you to ease back into socialising – then you can build your time back up as your confidence returns.
2. Do not avoid things entirely
try to set yourself small but manageable targets. Start with activities that are important to you and feel achievable – like meeting close friends and family for a coffee or snack outside – and gradually build up from there.
3. Get your information from the right sources
Lots of conflicting and confusing information about COVID-19 can make it harder to know what to do or believe.
If you are finding news and information about COVID-19 overwhelming or worrying, try to limit how much you consume. Stick to trusted sources.
4. Discuss any changes with others
Talk about the situation. If you live with other people, it’s a good idea to talk to them about changes to restrictions as well. Being aware of everybody’s fears and expectations can help to avoid conflict.
5. Make time to relax
It’s important to find regular time for yourself to relax too.
Many people find it helpful to spend time outside. Whether it’s gardening or taking a walk in a local park, being in green space can help to lift your mood and relieve stress.
6. Challenge unhelpful thoughts
If you can learn to identify and separate unhelpful thoughts from helpful ones, you can find a different way to look at the situation.
7. Tell someone how you feel
Opening up to a person we trust can be really helpful, whether it’s a friend or family member, a GP or an organisation’s helpline or online forum.
8. Plan social occasions
Preparing for any challenges ahead of time can help us to feel more comfortable and confident in what we’re doing.
9. Find routine where you can
Something as simple as going to bed and waking up at the same time each day or making sure to stick to your set lunch break can make a big difference.
10. Write down your thoughts
If you’re feeling worried or upset it can be helpful to explore your feelings by keeping a diary or journal.
11. Focus on the present
When there is lots of change happening, we can get caught up in worrying about the future and the past. Try to shift your focus to the present
12. Further help?
Check out the NHS common mental health issues and COVID-19 pages, have lots more tips and advice, as well as support if you’re a parent or caregiver for a child or young person or helping others with mental health problems.
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