We have watched the news with anticipation each day, hoping for news of less new cases and lifted restrictions. We have counted down the days till we could see friends, family, go to our favourite restaurant, go to the gym, escape the city.
We cheered with the news of lifted restrictions- planned our catch ups, dinners, cafe visits, mini getaways and haircuts!!
While these new freedoms are very exciting, the pressure to frantically plan everything that we haven’t been able to for so long can leave us feeling anxious and a little overwhelmed.
Many people are also experiencing anxiety about things like weight gain during lockdown, loss of fitness, job insecurity and also simply the lack of socialisation!
We want you to stop with the guilt, shame and ‘should-ing’. You have made it through so far maybe one of the hardest years of your life. It is no small achievement. You may have some battle scars, you may be feeling fragile, but the fact that you are getting up each day and getting on with it is something to be CELEBRATED!!
Give yourself permission to say ‘no’. You don’t need to schedule 4 catch ups in one weekend. Your gym will be there next week and you can really go another week or two before trying to snag a booking at the restaurant you’ve wanted to try. Clothes not fitting like they did pre-covid? Buy a size up. Do not punish yourself for something that was largely out of your control!
Having a day out in nature can really help to reset and recalibrate. Some fresh air, sunshine and beautiful scenery is a proven anxiety reliever and a great way to ease yourself back into exercise and feeling good. Take your foot off the accelerator and just breathe- we will all get there in good time.