Tips to managing your anxiety transitioning out of lockdown
Excited about lockdown ending but feeling anxious and/or overwhelmed with all the new changes? ⠀⠀
It’s no secret that some of us are feeling quite anxious about coming out of lockdown with our schedules finally filling up after being blank for so long. I know I personally am quite terrified of the thought of having to run to a calendar and timelines again.
So I wanted to share some tips on how I will be dealing with my social anxiety so that I can enjoy being social without the feel of overwhelm. I hope these may help you too:
- Don’t overcommit- with the excitement of things opening up again, there will be lots of invites flying around but remember you don’t have to say yes to everything.⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Catch up with people who make you feel good and energise you
- Be honest about your feelings - this one can be hard if you’re not open about your anxiety and feelings, but i think it really helps if you can be open and honest about how you’re feeling anxious and struggling. People will understand
- Schedule some 'you' time - this is important especially when we're saying yes to lots of catch ups..
- Prioritise your sleep - we are always more anxious when we’re tired.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Limit your alcohol and any other stimulants intake - alcohol might feel like a great idea to “take the edge off” but it will in fact leave you feeling more anxious. Same goes with coffee especially if you're already feeling quite anxious.
- Continue to eat well & stay hydrated.
- Continue to move your body daily - whether that be a workout, run or gentle walk or yoga flow.
- Reach out for help and talk to someone when you’re feeling particularly anxious or overwhelmed ⠀⠀
- Say no - As the anxious people we are, we often don’t like to let people down but this often means neglecting our own needs and wants. If someone is asking to catch up and you honestly don’t feel up to it, then don’t! You don’t have to give a reason but if you want to just say you’re not feeling 100% but would love to catch up when you are.
Be gentle, be kind & most importantly stay safe.
I hope you are all ok, please continuously check in with your mates today and every other day! Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of.
If you are really struggling and need immediate help please reach out to:
Lifeline & Beyond Blue
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