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Emerging from lockdown – feeling OK?

As we start to emerge from the most recent lockdown, it is as important as ever to look after your mental well-being.

As the government roadmap starts to be implemented, we will be able to meet with larger groups of people both outdoors and indoors.    You may feel this move forward is a positive thing. You may also be uncertain about taking these next steps and worrying about the pressures that may come.  It is important to remember that it is OK to feel like this. We have all faced different challenges during this pandemic and we will need time and space in order to readjust, to ensure we take care of our mental health.

The following tips may help you:

  • News and social media: try and look at reputable sources as rumour and speculation can add to your anxiety. Maybe you can switch of the alerts/ notifications on your phone or even leave it a different room for a while, to enable you to have some head-space to relax
  •  Do something you enjoy, this could be a walk in the park, listening to your favourite music, ringing a friend you trust for a chat or baking a cake.
  • Start connected to family and friends, talk about how you are feeling

This is a very brief summary of some of the things you may be thinking about or experiencing. There are a number of organisations that can help and support you to understand your feelings

The Mental Health Foundation has an excellent section on their website with further tips and ideas for keeping well and helping to cope with any uncertainty that you may be feeling.

The charity Mind also has dedicated pages on their web site about how to manage feelings as lockdown is eased.

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