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Feeling anxious about lockdown ending?

Michelle recently spoke to Channel 4 Uncovered about the ending of lockdown, and how some people may be feeling nervous about this.

It’s okay not to feel okay about coming out of lockdown. 

Our social engagement system has not been used for a while and many of us will have instead been in fight/ flight mode or in shut down, in order to help us cope with the trauma and stress of the last year. We have been surviving.

We need to feel safe enough to come out of survival mode and into social engagement. Here’s how:

  • Breathe – extend the exhale. Breathe in for a count of 4 and focus on a long, slow, steady exhale through the mouth for a count of 6.
  • Move and play – expel any excess adrenaline, shift out of fearful posture patterns and help your body feel safe with some playful movement. Dance, do some yoga, play a sport, dig your garden. Do what Taylor Swift suggested and shake it out.
  • Go at your own pace- allow yourself time to feel ready to make changes. Show yourself that you can use healthy boundaries to create safety.
  • Gently connect – Is there one friend you feel safe to be with in person? Or hug your pet. Or visualise a time when you did enjoy being with people you love.  Build up the social engagement system one step at a time.  

To watch the interview: click here

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Michelle Scott

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