‘Lockdown anxiety’ – you’re not alone in feeling it
As restrictions continue to be lifted, many Victorians have mixed emotions about re-entering society. Here’s how to cope.
Victorians are returning to pre-pandemic levels of freedom, with the State Government announcing almost all restrictions will be scrapped once the state reaches 90 per cent double vaccination for those aged 12 and over. Vaccination requirements will remain in place for most activities.
But as we begin readjusting to ‘normal’ life, everyone will be feeling differently. Some people may be already filling their social calendars, where as others might be feeling emotions from excitement and relief, to anxiety and stress.
Rachel Bowes, Head of Crisis Services and Quality at Lifeline Australia says these feelings are completely normal.
“There are a lot of people who have enjoyed the narrowing of their lives. They’ve focused on family and have simplified a lot – so it’s very normal to have anxiety about going out.”
“The important thing to remember is you’re not the only one feeling this way, which is something we need to normalise,” she adds.
Bowes also says that with restrictions easing, we should “Take this as an opportunity to reassess what we want from life and how we want it to look”.
So, if you are feeling anxious about the coming weeks and months, here are some tools to help ease your way back into society so you feel as comfortable about it as possible.