How to Mentally Prepare for Life after Lockdown
Posted on 15th May 2020 at 08:41
As Lockdown starts to ease, you may find that everything you felt at the start of Lockdown makes a return. We know that what is coming is going to be different to what we’ve become used to. We’ve all been experiencing the loss of our lives, routines, work, family, friends, freedom and have been getting used to our ‘new normal.’ Now our ‘new normal’ is changing again.
Many of us have had weeks of being at home with a sense of safety from staying within our four walls. You may well start to experience a huge fear factor of going out; 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.
A range of losses and challenges
It might be that you’ve experienced the loss of a relative, friend or colleague during the outbreak of COVID-19, which is causing another layer of anxiety and pain.
Some parents will have to make the choice about sending their children to school or not, and juggling children in different year groups going to school or not going to school.
Are these concerns leading to you losing sleep, or sleeping too much? Have you turned to the food or drink cupboard for comfort? Are you feeling irritable or angry about it? What do you need to know to feel safe?
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 Symptoms of Grief After Lockdown
Download our "Lockdown: a 5-point plan" free ebook here.
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’.
Have you seen our Top 5 tips for living through lockdown?
Take a look at our 5-point Plan for how to cope, improve your relationships and start feeling better today:
2. Be present
5. Say goodbye
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