Lockdown has not ‘ended’ – and the virus is still circulating – but today on the daily updates, we were told that vulnerable people who have previously being ‘shielding’ are allowed out as of tomorrow. Many people seem to be feeling apprehensive about this – so what can we do about it?
In todays blog post i am going to give you some advice on how to ease yourself out of the lockdown in a way that feels safe and comfortable Whether or not I think we should be coming out of lockdown gradually, I will keep for my personal opinion. Fact is, we can only ever deal with what IS happening, so here is my best advice on it.
1. Know that YOU get to choose. This has to be YOUR decision.
You do not have to come out of lockdown if you feel that you are not ready. Take your time with this, by all means, give it a week or so and see what the outcome has been from the initial easing two weeks ago. We may not actually see the stats increase until we have passed the full incubation period.
I see so many people on social media saying that they do not want to come out of lockdown …. THEN DON’T.
i AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE ALL ALLOW FEAR TO TAKE OVER – OR THAT WE SHOULD STAY ‘SAFE’ INSIDE FOREVER – HOWEVER, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS, MAYBE A LONG PROCESS, WHERE WE HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THINGS. JUST AS WE HAD TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE CHANGE OF GOING INTO LOCKDOWN, WE NOW NEED TO COME TO TERMS WITH LOOSENING IT.
2. Test the waters and do it slowly. Don’t throw yourself in at the deep end.
If you have spent the last 11 weeks in lockdown, not even going out for exercise (vulnerable group) then heading out of the house may be nervewracking. Give yourself permission to take things slowly. Start by maybe walking to the end of your road and back. You do not have to go to the town centre or to picnic in someones garden.
You get to set your boundaries so do whatever makes YOU feel comfortable.
3. Stay in control of social distancing. If your gut says ‘leave here’ then listen to what it is telling you.
As much as you can do your bit for social distancing, there are still some people who choose to ignore things. Again, I have seen a lot of posts on social media where people are moaning about other peoples behaviour, for example, in supermarkets. If you walk into one shop and your gut tells you to get out of there, then by all means please do LISTEN TO IT.
Go at a time where the most vulnerable are allocated a time to do so – don’t be afraid to ask family or even a neighbour to contiue to do your shop for you.
THE ADVICE IS TO GO OUT, GET SOME FRESH AIR AND SLOWLY EASE YOURSELF INTO THINGS – JUST BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT SUGGEST THAT SMALL PARTIES CAN MEET IN SOMEONES GARDEN, OR GO AND PICNIC BY THE RIVER – IF YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED BY THIS THEN GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! YOU HAVE BEEN CAGED INDOORS FOR THREE MONTHS NOW…
Slowly slowly does it – one step at a time. Stay in control of things, keep yourself feeling like you are in your zone of comfort and YOU wll know when you are ready to take things up a level.
If the idea of going back out there is really causing anxiety for you, then don’t forget that you can book a complimentary call with me and I can discuss how I can be of support to you. Book your call here.
I will speak to you next time, remember, it was a shock to say goodbye to our old normal so there will be some adjustment as we enter our new one.