Lockdown has been difficult for many of us, for lots of different reasons. In full lockdown things might have felt more certain or predictable, as the rules were clearer. But now that lockdown restrictions are easing things might feel less clear, and there may be new challenges.
These may include feeling:
Anxious or afraid: You may worry about there being an increase in coronavirus infections, or about getting the coronavirus vaccine. The world may now seem unsafe, whether or not you felt like this before the pandemic.
Low and down: You may struggle to see how things will improve, or return to how they used to be.
Tired: Change and uncertainty can also be very tiring so you may be feeling exhausted from the stress of managing all the uncertainty.
Angry: This may be because people aren’t following social distancing rules, and you’re not able to avoid them. Or because you think the changes are wrong.
Confused: Feeling conflicted or confused is natural when there is a lot of change. For example, you may want to socialise more if it’s allowed, but feel like perhaps you should still stay at home. You may feel especially conflicted if the people around you seem to feel differently about the changes to the rules.
Stressed: You may feel stressed or nervous about more change and uncertainty, or protective of your lockdown routine, if you found that some aspects of lockdown have been positive for your wellbeing. This might make you feel conflicted about returning to how things were before.
Unmotivated: You may be struggling to feel motivated. For example, you may feel reluctant to rearrange events that couldn’t happen during full lockdown.
Lonely: You may be struggling to feel motivated. For example, you may feel reluctant to rearrange events that couldn’t happen during full lockdown. This could be big birthday celebrations or weddings, or everyday things like barbecues, meet-ups, or dating.