“Freedom Day” Fears? – You’re not alone!
After a year and a half of lockdowns, restrictions, and the loss of many of our freedoms, the idea of life “getting back to normal” is pretty exciting. However, alongside the joy of getting to go out, see friends and even attend college in person it is natural to be experiencing some worries. And if you are feeling this way, you are not alone!
A new survey by the UK’s leading user-led anxiety charity, Anxiety UK shows that for many people the total lifting of restrictions on July 19th, dubbed “freedom-day” by the media, will leave many feeling anxious. Of almost 650 respondents, 72% stated they were ‘quite nervous’ about the lifting of all restrictions.
So, if you are feeling anxious about restrictions lifting, here are some helpful tips:
Make a list of what you are ready for and what you aren’t
It can be a helpful exercise to sit down and figure out what you feel comfortable doing and what you might not be quite ready for. For example, you might feel OK about going on public transport but not during rush hour. Meeting friends at a restaurant might feel better for you than meeting at a pub.
Have an honest chat with your loved ones
Let the people you care about, and who care about you, know how you feel. Try using a phrase like: “Meeting there doesn’t feel safe for me, how about x instead?”. In this way you let people know you still want to see them and look after yourself at the same time.
Take it slow
Just because you are now allowed to, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything at once! Take small steps to help yourself feel more comfortable. For example, if you are worried about getting on a train, try a shorter journey first and/or ask someone to come with you.
Get some fresh air
Spend some time outdoors, acclimatising to restrictions lifting gently by going for walks somewhere around other people but where it is not too crowded. This can help you get used to being around others at the same time as helping your anxious feelings through fresh air and exercise.
Be kind to yourself
Be gentle with yourself. The past year and a half have been full of challenges, it may take some time to adjust.
Talk to someone
Don’t struggle alone. If you are finding your worries overwhelming, reach out for support.
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