After the Storm – Life after Covid-19

As the masks come off, social distancing seems like a distant memory and the headlines are no longer Covid based, some of us are left with anxiety or panic in the aftermath. Whether that may be obsessive-compulsive disorder, worried about being contaminated or causing others to catch the illness or people having panic attacks due to the streets getting busy again, it is clear that Covid is still riding roughshod on our mental health.

 For some of us, the lockdown was a positive experience. Given the opportunity to stay at home and avoid anxiety triggers, it was an excuse to allow rituals to reappear and to stay away from panic-inducing situations. 

 So where does that leave us in this post-Covid world? Our symptoms may not yet have gone away but our lives have to return to a semblance of normality. Here are some tips we’ve put together to facilitate those with mental health disorders to reintegrate society gradually and safely.

 CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is the gold standard when it comes to dealing with anxiety. Try challenging yourself every day – whether that is a bus ride or just taking ten steps outside your house. Slowly but surely the anxiety will fall and as you push yourself just a little more each day.

 Confinement is also a very lonely experience, especially for those who have to self-isolate. Reconnecting with old friends can be a joyous occasion but it’s also a chance to make new friends. It might not feel like it but there are a lot of people in the same situation as you. Push yourself a little bit past your comfort zone. Always loved singing in the shower? Join a choir! Never miss a footie match? See if you can find a 5-a-side team!

 One important thing to remember is that Covid is not going to disappear. If you have health anxiety it’s easy to fall into the trap of watching the news on a loop and constantly checking facts and figures. We must all avoid Dr Google! If you find that social media and its non-stop intrusion difficult then don’t feel bad turning your phone and computer off until you feel ready to face them again.

 Remember that it will take time to adapt. Nobody expects you to return to the old normal overnight. Mindfulness is a great way to stay in the “new normal” and there are many tutorials on the web or applications on your phone. No Panic will as ever, be here to support you as we take this step forwards together. 

How can No Panic help?
No Panic specialises in self-help recovery and our services include:
Providing people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery.
Our aim is to give you all of the necessary advice, tools and support that you will need to recover and carry out this journey. No Panic Recovery Programs

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