COMING OUT OF LOCKDOWN: our psychological lead, Katherine Heath, gives some helpful pointers to help you with the process

Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief that lockdown is gradually coming to an end.  But for some, the lifting of restrictions could trigger stress and anxiety. 

Lockdown gave people permission to stay at home and introverts may never have been happier.  As restrictions ease people may feel concerned about readjusting to the outside world, to a faster pace of life and less time to themselves.  They might even find the outside world unfamiliar and a little frightening.  As people start to go out and about, we could find ourselves feeling pressure to conform to societal expectations or experience envy of what other people are doing.  The fear that we are missing out can cause anxiety. 

There may also be issues around the pandemic that are making people anxious; the worry that they might catch Covid or concern about people failing to observe social distancing or to wear masks. 

Emerging from lockdown involves a big change and with change comes uncertainty and loss.  It is very normal to feel anxious around change especially as we do not know what the “new normal” will look like.  If you felt safe at home the world outside can seem big, loud and scary. 

Here are five suggestions to help ease you out of lockdown:

1 Take it slowly.  Gradually ease yourself into the outside world and move at your own pace.  There is no need to rush back into your former activities. 

2 Be kind to yourself and to others.  Self-care and self-compassion are an important part of your readjustment.  Once you can be compassionate to yourself you will find it easier to be compassionate to others. 

3 Use Mindful exercises when you first go out.  If you feel anxious, stop, look around you and name 5 things that you can see, 4 things that you can hear, 3 things that you can touch, 2 things that you can smell and 1 thing that you can taste.  This will help keep you calm and grounded in the world around you. 

4 Connect with nature.  Being outdoors in nature is good for the mind and body and as the weather improves find time to go for a walk in the park.  

5 Try not to avoid social situations.  Meeting people and making connections is important for our well-being and humanity. 

Visit us at The Mulberry Centre
So please do come and visit us at The Mulberry Centre now that we reopen our doors.  We have friendly welcomers to help put you at ease socially and a spacious garden filled with trees and plants in which to enjoy tea and biscuits.  We also continue to offer relaxation techniques, EFT, and other remote services until you feel ready to return. 

If you are a cancer patient and struggling to readjust, then please call us to get referred for counselling. 

June 2021

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