Transitions are part of our lives whether they are small daily transitions such as from work to home, collecting children from school weekdays to weekends. Other transitions and more significant larger transitions happen at times throughout our lives, such as separation, divorce, bereavement, children leaving home, retirement or redundancy. To a greater or lesser degree they are all moments of change.
The transition into lockdown because of Covid-19 came quickly and in unison for the majority of people.
Lockdown will have been different for us all even if there is commonality between some of our experiences during this time. As Lockdown begins to ease for some of us, in different ways and times, this is another transition and one we may not feel fully prepared for. We will all be thinking about how we go about our daily lives and how this will be different. Whether that’s because of new social norms such as face coverings on public transport or not giving someone a hug, perhaps our lives have changed during the pandemic due to illness or bereavement, navigating this transition is something unprecedented.
A recent Office for National Statistics report has shown that 35% of those who have been shielding think that their mental health has got worse during lockdown. This is probably the tip of the iceberg and many will be feeling some degree of anxiety, worry. Financial concerns and job worries, health fears and relationships tested during lockdown all have the potential to intensify our emotions during this time. It’s anticipated that there is a 20-30% increase in demand for counselling or therapy over the coming months and years.
5 top tips for managing the easing of lockdown
- Where we have a choice, managing this transition in a way and speed that feels safe for us is key.
- Feeling in control also helps us navigate the new norms more successfully.
- Asking ourselves what we do have control over and not dwelling on the things we don’t, can also help.
- Ensuring as much as possible you have a support network around you, family friends and colleagues all can play a part.
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