This page explains feelings you might have about lockdown easing. It also provides tips on managing these feelings and where to get more support.
Lockdown has been difficult for many people. But when we were in full lockdown across the UK things might have felt more certain, as the rules were more clear. Now things might start feeling less clear, and there may be new challenges.
It can feel stressful when things are changing fast.
This page covers:
You might feel relieved or excited when lockdown is eased where you live. But you might also find yourself feeling less positive about the changes. You may move through a range of difficult feelings and thoughts.
Your feelings might be influenced by:
As restrictions are being lifted differently around the UK, it might feel like others are following different rules to you. Your general mood may feel quite different to full lockdown, when most people were following the same rules.
Some of the feelings you're having now may feel difficult to manage. For those of us with existing mental health problems, they may be particularly tough. You might find it useful to try some of these suggestions.
You can find lots more detailed support for managing difficult feelings and experiences on our website. In particular you might find these pages helpful:
This information was last updated on 21 May 2020.
We will review and update it regularly as the lockdown restrictions ease.
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