With the lifting of restrictions approaching on 19th July, you might find yourself feeling a range of emotions.

Remember, we are all unique and the pandemic and associated lockdown measures have impacted us all in different ways. It is okay to feel excited, but it's also okay to feel anxious, conflicted or overwhelmed.  

If you are feeling worried about the changes ahead, we have pulled together a few tips to try and help you.

  1. Go at your own pace

There is no ‘normal’ way to feel about restrictions easing. It is okay if you want to approach this next step cautiously and at your own pace. By starting small, you can work to build your confidence back up.

Try to be understanding of friends and family around you who might also be going at a different pace. 

  1. Try not to compare yourself to others

Sometimes we can find ourselves comparing ourselves to others around us.

Just because you see others engaging in certain activities, does not mean you should feel any pressure to behave the same way. 

Words such as ‘should’ and ‘must’ can place unnecessary pressure on us to engage in a certain way. Focus on what you want to achieve.

  1. Try to talk about how you are feeling

Talking about how we are feeling can help us to feel less isolated. Try to talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel. This can help those around you to understand what you are comfortable with and know how to best support you.

If you aren’t comfortable with confiding in someone around you, there are helpline and webchat services that are here to listen to you. Why not click here to see if we offer a helpline service in your local area.

  1. Try to keep some routine

When going through a period of change, it can be helpful to keep a routine in other parts of your life. This doesn’t mean avoiding change entirely, but it can help you to feel in control of certain areas of your life. Try to keep to a sleeping routine or the routine of a daily walk.  

  1. Remember, you are not alone and there is support available

For many of us, these feelings of post-covid anxiety are likely to get better as we re-adjust over time.

There are plenty of self-help resources to support us in the meantime, including this presentation from our colleagues at Talking Matters Warrington.

However, if you think you might benefit from some additional support, please visit our services page to see whether we have a local service that might benefit you.

You can also visit the NHS website to search for local talking therapy services that can help with common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.