For the first time in months, millions of people across the UK no longer have to follow strict shielding guidance after rules were relaxed on Saturday. But with experts warning many people still don’t feel ‘safe enough’ to leave their homes, are you suffering from coronavirus anxiety? 
Whether you're leaving the house for the first time and feeling apprehensive, or you're scared about someone you love leaving the safety of their home, what you are feeling is perfectly normal and understandable
Financial loss during lockdown

Coping with fear of the unknown 

We’ve all been experiencing the loss of our normal lives, routines, work, family, friends, freedom and have been getting used to our ‘new normal.’ 
Now our ‘new normal’ is changing again and if you’re feeling anxious, it could be because you are losing your feeling of safety from staying at home and you’re not sure what the outside world looks like now. 
There is also the fear of the unknown, fear of catching the virus, fear of others, and fear of the loss of control. Coming to terms with this is going to take some getting used to. 
Are these concerns causing you to lose sleep, or are you sleeping too much? Have you turned to the food or drink cupboard for comfort? Are you feeling irritable or annoyed about it? 

Grief and Coronavirus 

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Therefore, the feelings you are having are also normal and natural for you. 
The problem is that we have all been programmed to think and believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. We’re taught how to acquire things but not what to do when we lose them. 
Tips for coping with your anxiety after shielding: 
- Download our Lockdown: a 5-point plan, a free ebook here 
- Make a list of what you need to know to feel safe 
- Find someone you can talk to, who you can talk to without judgement 
Being heard is particularly important for grievers. (Yes, you are a griever!). The chances are, they need to be heard, too. You go first and tell them how you’re really feeling. Then let them tell you how they’re feeling, as well. Just be present and let them have their say without interruption, without trying to fix them. Think of yourself as a ‘heart with ears’. 
- If you can, take a drive around the area where you live and see what it now looks like 
Note any changes, what shops look like from the outside, observe people wearing masks, and start getting a feel for your ‘new normal’. 
If you need help with loss, please contact one of our Grief Recovery Specialists or read The Grief Recovery Handbook
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