In the UK, we’re still technically in lockdown. We can’t go into peoples houses, not supposed to travel unless for essential reasons, but we’re allowed a pint in the pub (outside seating of course). Make sense?
It’s been a peculiar world for over a year, but especially in the UK, we’ve practically been in lockdown since November! Jail sentences can be shorter than that!
Many haven’t seen their loved ones in person this year, and I think the realisation of how fast life can change. Ostracism has been a common feeling during the past year, and how testing this time has been for almost everyone has only just hit me.
Going to Manchester, being diagnosed with long story short – a sun allergy, shocked me.
I think what people forget to tell you, is that everything we’ve taken in our stride throughout lockdown, over the past year, things we’ve controlled or even put towards the back of our minds, as restrictions ease, these factors have risen their heads, for me anyway. It catches up with you, as in isolation, you might not have had the opportunity to put many things into practice. You’re learning how to live and adapt, to what you’ve been told or lived through last year, but getting through each day in isolation is an entirely different concept and sometimes it’s easier to gather your thoughts being alone. Adapting this technique can be challenging when you’re actually going into reality, when this somewhat daze we’re all in, abruptly comes to an end.
We’ve been in our own environment almost hibernating, and the thought of going out into the world can be frightening. Whether that’s if you’ve entered into a new relationship, stopped one in its tracks, got a new job, attending a new school, or even meeting a new family member.
We’ve accepted such things in isolation, like water off a ducks back. But we haven’t lived through it yet! In realistic settings anyway. So many of us will have a form of avoidance or hesitancy going into situations. And that’s normal!
Lockdowns have been a pain in the backside for the majority of us mentally. I didn’t mind the short lockdowns for a fortnight or so, but 6 months straight, resembles jail-time.
The issue is, as the times gone on, we’ve all had to adjust, and some won’t want to go back to the way life was prior to COVID. Whether that was going to work in rush hour, or working with people you can’t stand. The thought of working from home, or being a full time parent instead of juggling 10 things at once seems better.
Myself and I’m sure many others, have kept so much locked away in our heads, as in all honestly, you can’t say half of want you want to on phone calls, as you’d be there all day or at very questionable hours.
Long story short, all of us need therapy after being locked away for more than a year!
As that many not be feasible for everyone, we just need to take it at our own pace, as I’m sure even the tiniest of things, you can’t wait to do. Like going into a coffee shop, and actually being allowed to drink it in the shop, and not sitting in torrential rain with your cup flying away and not being able to fetch it if it’s within 1 metre of someone.
It’s the small things!
Do you feel the same way? How are you feeling about lockdown easing? Do you prefer working from home? Comment below!