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PremierLeague-News.Com - Not everybody will be feeling totally comfortable with the relaxation of the rules - and you are not alone if you feel this way
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Family and friends have been reunited this week as lockdown rules eased across England. Gatherings of up to six people, or larger groups of up two households, are now allowed to take place outdoors, allowing people to spend time with their loved ones for the first time in weeks. But with coronavirus still in circulation, and some people still waiting for their first dose of the vaccine, not everybody will be feeling totally comfortable with the relaxation of the rules. After weeks of being told to 'stay home' and limit any unnecessary social contact, the idea of returning to normality, albeit slowly, may bring on feelings of anxiety for some. Socialising is important, but experts say it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the thought of getting back out there. Dr Nilufar Ahmed, a behavioural psychologist at the University of Bristol, suggests easing yourself back into social contact gradually if you are feeling nervous. "Just because we can go out and meet with more people, it doesn’t mean we have to do it straight away," she told the MEN. Read More Related Articles Lockdown rules on travelling to beaches this Easter Bank Holiday Read More Related Articles Can I have a BBQ with friends and family in my garden this Easter Bank Holiday? "It’s not a competition or a race to see as many people as possible. "If you don’t feel quite ready, then be kind to yourself. Go outside by yourself – there will be more people out and about due to a combination of the rule changes, nice weather, and holidays. See how you feel about being out in public." Dr Ahmed says starting with a coffee or a walk with just one other person may be a good start. It is also important to "allow yourself time to recuperate from the exertion of social contact". "Many people will struggle with renewed contact and you are not alone if you feel this way," she adds. Lockdown rules eased in England on Monday (March 29) to allow limited outdoor gatherings to take place, as scientists say the risk of transmission is significantly lower in the open air.
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. When it comes to pressure from others to join in with plans as society starts to reopen, Dr Ahmed suggests being firm about your boundaries. If you find yourself being pressured into a situation you may be uncomfortable with, or if you are being urged to break the rules, she says you should aim to clearly communicate how you feel. "Don’t get into commenting on their choices and rule-breaking as that can lead to tension," she advises. She also says responding to invitations as soon as possible can prevent you from becoming "over-anxious".
Suggesting to your friends and family that you will be able to see them at a time when fewer people may be around could also ease tension, she says. "You can signal your boundaries, if you say, 'it sounds like there will be more than six people there, and I’m just not comfortable about that. "But if the numbers drop, let me know and I’ll have a rethink'. "This way you are not blaming anyone for their choices, and you show you are open to seeing them, just within the rules." Finally, Dr Ahmed says it is important to reach out if you are struggling. "There is no universal or right or wrong way to stick to the rules," she says. "Focus on what works for you. You know you better than anyone else. "If it does feel like a struggle, please reach out to someone, there are large organisations like Mind who have information online, and there will be local services and charities where you can speak to someone." Mind provides non-urgent information about mental health support and services that may be available to you on the charity's infoline, which you can contact on 0300 123 3393.
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