There are concerns that many people will be anxiety about changes to their lifestyle after lockdown. This could be a source of concern for some people, but kindness and self-care is key.
BBC Social, the digital platform, had a look at the anxiety that can be linked to lockdown easing with Dr Punam Krishan, an NHS GP who also teaches at the University of Glasgow. She said:
“It is more important than ever to keep the channels of communication open with loved ones or people you trust; chances are they will also be feeling the same way so showing solidarity and offering support to one another will help.”
In particular, “Most people will admit to changes in their levels of fitness, body weight, lifestyle habits over the pandemic. The most important thing to remember is you are not alone and as long as you are comfortable with where you are at with your lifestyle, that's all that matters. Use this time to review your lifestyle and try to make healthier choices if you can. Be proud of how far you have come, it's been the most testing time for most people, you will get your mojo back, be kind to yourself.”
'Post-Lockdown Anxiety': Not everyone is excited about restrictions easing can be read on the BBC Social website here.
Below is a list of further resources with advice and information on lockdown-easing anxiety:
Managing feelings about lockdown easing
How to manage feelings of anxiety as lockdown eases
Rethink Mental Illness
Coping with lockdown easing
West Sussex Mind has produced a short video showing how anxiety can be helped by breathing. You can watch it here.