According to MIND, more than half of adults and over two-thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the past year. So, it is great news that the country is reopening and shops, pubs, gyms and more are once again opening their doors. However, As Britain eases out of lockdown, it is easy to get swept up in the speed of things reopening.
The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on our mental health, and it is important to remember that everyone feels different. Some people may experience anxiety at the thought of lockdown easing or may be feeling unsure about the next steps to take now they have been vaccinated.
We’ve put together some top tips to safeguard your physical and mental health as the country reopens again.
Go at your own speed
The world changed for us as we plunged into lockdown, and we adapted. In the same way, we must adapt to a new way of living as restrictions begin to lift. Many of us will be looking forward to reuniting with friends and family and getting stuck back into hobbies and activities we have missed. However, for some, going back to how life pre-COVID may be worrying, or cause anxiety. It is helpful to remember to go at your own speed. Sudden changes often cause distress and worry, so making small changes little and often can help ease you back into a routine. It may take some time to adapt to life-changing again, and remember – that’s okay!
Think of others
As the NHS website tells us, sometimes helping someone else can benefit you as well as them! In these uncertain times, even as things reopen, anxiety could still be a problem for some. We have spent the best part of a year in our own company, and the thought of reopening can be daunting for some.
Try to think of things that you can do to help those around you. Could you reach out to a friend for a cup of coffee in the park? Or even offering to go shopping with a friend to grab those high street bargains? For those further afield, where it still might not be suitable to pop over, why not send a letterbox gift? Box Sized Hugs make thoughtful boxes perfect for the post. It’s a great way to brighten someone’s day, week, or even their year and lets them know you are thinking of them.
Even with the success of the vaccine rollout, and the lockdown restrictions that are easing, we still need to stay alert to control the virus. It is important to keep yourself and others around you safe, and in turn, this can make things easier on our mental health. Make sure you follow social distancing guidelines, alongside wearing masks and using hand sanitizers when in public places. This safety guidance, coupled with support from friends and family can ensure that your mental and physical health improves as the country reopens.