Now that Freedom Day is upon us (July 19th), it seems that we can all start thinking about going back to relative normality where daily life is concerned. Of course, the pandemic is certainly far from over but there are now going to be fewer restrictions on how we live our lives - which may be causing some of you out there to experience re-entry anxiety, as a result.
First of all, it’s important to acknowledge that this is entirely normal and you certainly won’t be the only person feeling anxious about the world opening back up again. We’ve all been isolated for a significant period of time now, so the idea of socialising and being among crowds of people may well be a very daunting thought.
To help you deal with these thoughts and feelings, it might be a good idea to ease yourself back into society slowly. It might be tempting to jump in with both feet first and fill your social calendar up with events so you can catch up with everyone you haven’t seen for a long time, but this could make it worse if you’re not careful.
Talking to close friends and family members about how you’re feeling can also be a good idea, so they know what you are and aren’t up for at the moment. Don’t worry - they won’t take offence if you do turn down a few invitations.
Equally, be mindful of how other people may be feeling at the same time and don’t take offence yourself if someone cancels or turns you down for a catch-up.
And don’t feel as though you have to give up on wearing face masks, using hand sanitiser or observing social distancing measures if you don’t want to. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable at the moment is what you should be doing.
Talking to a London mindfulness coach could also prove particularly useful right now. Give the True Thoughts team a call now to find out how we can help.