Lockdown brought about many changes for all of us. The limitations on our daily life were imposed quite suddenly. The easing of restrictions may be very welcome but can bring some feelings of anxiety along with them.
One of the biggest changes for the last few months was our social interactions. The immediate halt on seeing people outside the home, led to some creative ways to stay connected. But, it has been a challenge for many to not be able to visit their support systems.
Lockdown and anxiety
Research by Jigsaw and UCD has shown that anxiety among young people has been increasing over the past few years. The onset of the pandemic has thrown up additional stresses and concerns.
For some of us, anxiety has increased as a result of lockdown, and for others, it has actually reduced. The phases of easing the Covid-19 restrictions, can bring up new feelings of anxiety.
The restrictions provided us with relief from social pressures. We heard this was especially true for those who experience anxiety in social situations. No more fears of being judged on your outfit or worrying about where to sit at lunch. Covid-19 inadvertently gave us a valid pass on anxiety provoking social situations.
Many of us have settled into new routines at this point. With more time to explore hobbies and sleep (!) many of us are feeling a relief from our day-to-day stresses. This is why the idea of lockdown ending can be so jarring.
Below, Aisling and Shauna, volunteers from Meath tell us how they deal with uncertainty.