Well mental health awareness week seems like a good time as ever to bring this up.... I have been in quite a privileged position during this lockdown in that I have been able to work from home without any issue and (after the first few weeks of no delivery slots!) have been able to get 'click & collect' slots at the supermarket quite regularly so that I don't have to venture too far to get groceries and essential items. I'm generally happiest when I am at home and it has been nice spending extra time with the little one (I have saved a whole two hours a day working from home as I have saved on commuting time) so not being able to go out hasn't been that bad. I live hundreds of miles away from family and relied on video chats even before the lockdown so although I of course miss seeing family and friends face to face, the lockdown hasn't been particularly taxing. But now I am worried about going 'back to normal' soon. I have no idea how I will do that! I cannot see myself shaking someone's hands ever again without feeling paranoid or letting my child run amok in the shops! I feel like I literally 'see' the virus everywhere when I go outside and I won't be able to just 'switch it off' just because the rules have been relaxed. Anyone else feeling this way?
 

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  • Anonymous

    18/05/2020

    "An area of the Chinese capital Beijing has been put under strict lockdown measures after the city's first coronavirus cases in more than 50 days." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53034924 This news has worried me because I was already feeling like we are relaxing measures in the UK too soon, but now if China is going to have a second wave then it is even more worrying. I think we should carry on as we have for a little longer to stop numbers increasing in UK. There are many people who have already started acting like its all 'normal' and I fear we will get back into old habits very soon and once again the death toll will increase

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  • Anonymous

    18/05/2020

    I cried for a whole hour today thinking about going 'back to normal'. I hate 'normal' and what it meant to me. Constantly juggling everything and failing at it. Getting kids ready for school, taking them to school, going to work, working twice as much as my colleagues at work because it's just the say it is, cooking, cleaning, laundry, running errands for in-laws, entertaining guests. It is always non-stop and its for the first time in a decade I've been able to slow down. I'm so tired and I don't want to go back to my exhausting life again. I wish I could just leave my job but I cannot afford to and there are no other changes I can make because no one in my family would ever help me because it's my "duty" to do all these things! :(

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  • Anonymous

    20/05/2020

    I thought this lockdown would be great as an introvert but I've been so paranoid of catching the virus that I've not left the house at all in over eight weeks. While I know I can be as careful as possible, there are so many others who won't be and it's their carelessness that worries me. I am considered high-risk and the idea of everything going back to normal is a scary prospect because while there will be a time that most people will be either immune or fight the infection on their own, I won't be able to. My mental health has been greatly affected to the point that there are days when I just can't be bothered and I find myself crying over nothing and such minor things. Normal will be different for everyone once this is all over and we might be finding ourselves a new normal, but we have to be honest with ourselves and everyone around us.

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  • Anonymous

    18/05/2020

    I'm the opposite. I've felt horrible during the lockdown and cannot wait until we can do everything as normal before. Especially looking forward to going to coffee shops again! I think when it comes to it you'll be fine but be honest with yourself and your employers so they can give you all the support you need.

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  • Anonymous

    18/05/2020

    Anxious and then some!! Bearing in mind that we had to have actual VIDEOS created to teach people how to WASH THEIR HANDS and there was a legit shortage of handwash and cleaning products because it seems people only started taking cleanliness seriously because of the risk of death.... how will I ever shake hands when at work meetings ever again?! Can we place make it the norm to not need to shake hands ever again? And no I don't want to do the elbow bump either! Let's just stop with the unnecessary contact unless it's your family or close friend....

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  • MeowZee

    18/05/2020

    Readjusting to normality, whenever and whatever that normality may be, won't happen overnight and I think the first step is to not expect yourself to go back to normal straightaway. Take it one step at a time. One thing that has been clear from the pandemic is the strength that we all have within - If we didn't we wouldn't have been able to cope with the lockdown the way we have. So have trust in yourself but also don't be too hard on yourself. We will get there!

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  • Anonymous

    18/05/2020

    This pandemic has really worsened my OCD and all my fears and anxieties that go with it. My family would always be angry at me for constantly cleaning, wanting to stay at home, being tense when I go outside and hating going near people, crying when shoes and coats were brought into the living room. Then they all had to do what I did and I almost felt validated. But now I am cleaning more than ever because that validation has given my OCD validation too. I know my family will go back to normal without thinking twice and won't care about my mental health. I am dreading 'back to normal' because it isn't normal for me :(

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