In England, as lockdown starts to ease, the pressure to go back to pre-pandemic life can cause heightened anxieties. We are now so used to a slower pace of life, social distancing and wearing face masks has become our ‘new normal’. With little still known about what will happen once restrictions have been lifted, it’s understandable that so many of us are starting to experience ‘return anxiety’.
It was recently suggested to me by one of my favourite bloggers that I do a post about all the books I have read so far this year because there’s been a lot! In less than 3 months, i’ve read 16 books. Although i’ve read more than ever in such a short space of time, I have noticed a dramatic difference in the types of books I am reading.
The pandemic has forced us to spend most of our time staring at screens – with meetings and social interactions mostly being done via zoom – leaving us mentally drained and exhausted.
We are overwhelmed with bad news every second of every day; making it hard to know what to focus on.
Lack of sleep is my number one enemy. I also have a habit of getting hangry but this is easily solved. I am not however, someone who miraculously manages to function on a few hours shut eye; sleep brings out the best in me.
November saw England go into lockdown 2.0 and I decided to document this bizarre time in most of our lives with a very public diary! You can read part 1 here.
I have been looking at ways to be more gentle with myself and really identify what helps to ease my anxiety. With a global pandemic along for the ride, it has a been a great un-learn and re-learn situation. In the last few days I have been thinking about what I can use to help me through lockdown 2.0.