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Life has been hard, things have changed, how is the world going to look after lock-down this summer? Many of us are dreaming of reconnecting with our families, friends, and acquaintances. The first day and night is going to pivotal to all, once we are allowed to start re-establishing our tribe and get that first sniff of emancipation. However it is important that we tread with deliberation, caution, and sanity after we gulp our first taste of freedom after lock-down if it is all going to end well.

Think back how it felt as a kid on the last day of school before summer holidays. Even the teacher were as dizzy as the pupils as they heard last school bell chime before they were freed from the confines of the stuffy classrooms and dashed towards the schools gates. But although we all are waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel to get closer, to do the things that we so freely took for granted like a trip the hairdresser, a work-out at the gym, even have a cuppa and cake with friends. We have to take heed that because we have been cooped up for so long, it may be for some people that being released into the great yonder may not be carefree and hedonistic.

Therefore it would be advantageous to be mindful that lack of social interaction, COVID restrictions and isolation has increased levels of anxiety in most of us. So it may take us a while to adjust to "the new normal".

It is only natural for us to concerns about another "spike" in the virus, protecting our health and loved ones, or returning back to school or work. All these challenging issues can have an impact on mental health and well being making the ease of lock-down a double edged sword.

Create Simple Steps to Manage Mental Health and Well -being

1. Talk to you someone you trust like family members, and friends.

2. In the workplace talk to a trusted colleague, or your employer. Some workplaces are allowing flexible working shifts to accommodate the current situation

2. Keep things simple, and don't rush into undertaking too many tasks that are demanding.

3. Ease into going out into public spaces. Gradually increase different places in routine.

4.Write down fears and anxiety in a journal, this may help to clear some head space.

5. Use coping skills such as Positive self talk, Mindful breathing techniques( apps are available).

6. Talk to a professional counsellor, therapist or your GP.

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