Since the Covid-19 outbreak in 2019 and the various lockdowns that followed, it's taken society a lot time to adapt to living with the coronavirus.
Two years on, the road ahead is looking more hopeful. Schools, shops, businesses, hospitality and even entertainment have reopened, and society has started returning to normal.
However, coronavirus anxiety is stopping many people from returning to their normal way of life.
In this blog, we'll discuss the impact of coronavirus anxiety and offer some advice in order to help you return to normal life.
Here’s a summary of what we’ll cover in this article:
- Covid-19 has been part of our lives now for over 2 years, but the anxiety is still there for a lot of people.
- Whether you’re worried about getting the virus due to your own health situation, or passing it on to others, the unknown consequences of carrying the virus can be unnerving.
- Though many people have moved on from anxieties that occurred in the height of the pandemic and the various lockdowns, others may still be taking precautions to stop the spread of the illness.
- We share some helpful tips and advice for overcoming coronavirus anxiety as well as helping people to understand your feelings.
- Exercise– Love it or hate it, exercise is also a great way to stay fit and mobile as well as boosting your immune system. If you’re not a big fan, that’s ok! Start slow with an activity such as yoga, pilates or a gentle walk.
- Natural supplements– These can provide a beneficial alternative for anything that affects the mind or body. Whether it’s for your brain, your bones, or your organs, natural supplements can boost wellbeing. One that we love in CBD Oil, which can relieve symptoms of anxiety and promote relaxation and better sleep. Check out our blog on Best CBD Oil for Anxiety for more information on how to get started.
- Meditation or Mindfulness– Mindfulness can range from a slow activity such as yoga to taking some time out to meditate. Check out our blog on Meditation for seniors for more information.
- Maintain a routine– While the world has changed in ways that we can’t control, one thing you can do is create some order for yourself in your day to day routine.
- Don’t self medicate– Be aware of your relationship with alcohol. If drinking too much is a problem for you, try and avoid using it as a release.
- Be kind to yourself– Remember that everyone struggles sometimes, and that you’re not alone.
Socialising in cafes and bars
Many of us are looking forward to visiting our favourite cafe’s, bars and restaurants for a proper meal out again.
Hospitality venues are working hard to ensure they are covid safe, so you can visit in confidence. The most important thing to remember is that everyone is learning the ropes and getting used to the new situation, so be patient.
Here are some of the measures you can expect to see in place.
- Reduced capacity to allow for social distancing– This means that less people will be able to attend at any one time. It might mean you have to wait longer for a table, or may not be able to get one at all! To avoid this, book your outings in advance.
- Sanitiser stations– You will be asked to sanitize on entry so make sure you follow the rules or provide your own sanitiser and use it when entering places and when asked.
- Masks used by staff and when moving around– Staff are working hard to keep you safe so they will be wearing masks. This can cause some communication difficulties, so again, be patient and don’t be afraid to ask again if you need to. You will also need to wear a mask or visor (unless you are exempt) when arriving at places and also using the facilities there, so don’t forget it!
Seeing friends and family
- Stay outside– Even though we are now allowed to sit inside other people’s houses, one way to combat any anxiety is to visit people outside, either in gardens or outdoor spaces.
- Wear a mask– If it makes you feel more comfortable keep your mask on.
- Hugging– Let people know if you are comfortable with hugging or not. This will avoid any awkward moments!
Top Tip for Glasses Wearers
Ensure your facemask is pulled high up your nose and allow your glasses to sit on top of it.
This will prevent the dreaded steamed up glasses look!
What to do if someone is making you feel uncomfortable in public
As society attempts to return to business as usual, there are bound to be moments when people and their ideas of what is right or wrong clash.
If someone is behaving in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable when you are out, don’t get angry or panicked.
Stay calm and politely ask the person to respect social distancing.