Emerging from Lock down

What are you doing this month for your self care?

This is a long road, It’s not over yet. It’s normal to have ups and downs. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You will get through this.

I wanted to touch base with you as the country begins with plans to open back up and some restrictions are lifted.

You will start in your own way to interact with more people.

For some, this will mean going back to work, facing a new way of working, interacting with colleagues, a new way of being and living.

For others your job is to wait, know that you are not on your own and that there are others waiting with you.

Over the coming weeks, you will start to venture out- to villages, to shops, parks, beaches and to work.

Please look after your immune system and your nervous system.

Both systems have been under pressure since March. Even if you’ve been at home, not interacting with the outside world, your body has and continues to be in “protection mode”. You need support and help to do this.

Rest well, hydrate well, eat well. 

You are going to be more emotional than normal.

Someone is going to stand too close and you might react by running away or screaming at them. This may also happen to you but on the receiving end.
Simple day to day stuff will be different and stressful.
You’ll probably find that as we all emerge from Lockdown at different times in different ways that everyone will be in different phases and consequently acting differently.

With social distancing in place – never will a smile mean so much and if you are wearing a mask, Smile with your eyes!

Allow yourself the grace and compassion through this.
You won’t be able to be the super efficient person you were buzzing around doing a million things at once. Everything is going to take longer. Move slowly and be patient.

Maybe you’ll hold it together when you’re out and then fall apart and be snappy to those at home. Maybe they will be snappy to you.

Maybe you won’t hold it together when you are out and then you’re ok at home.

Take care of your mind and your emotions.
Emotions are normal, tread softly.
Allow yourself to cry.

Communicate with others, admit you’re stresses, it’s not a failure, it’s a reality. It’s ok.  You’re going to be able to see family and friends for the first time in months and not be able to hug them. That’s going to be really hard. Maybe we will all laugh together and cry together.

Be kind,
Firstly to yourself
and to others.

Remember we are all in this together.

Try small steps.
Acknowledge where you are at.

Maybe you can’t wait to get out and have a list of places to go. That’s ok.

Maybe even when you can go out, you can’t and you won’t. That’s ok.

Realise that others are not the same as you.
Be respectful of that.
Be kind.

Have some tea, listen to some music, read a book. Reduce your time on soacila media and with conventional media.
Talk to your friends and family about how you are doing, ask them how they are.

Breathe, Notice Nature, Take in some fresh air.

Do something simple, just for you.
Start afresh, Start a new.

Take care of yourself and stay well.

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