Updated 13 July 2021
Many of us have struggled with our mental health throughout the pandemic. But, while lockdown has been challenging, significant change, like current restrictions easing, can also affect how we're feeling.
It's important to remember that everyone will have a different response to coming out of lockdown. For example, you might be feeling:
- Anxious or afraid
- Low or sad
- Stressed or unprepared
- Grief or loss
- Under pressure
How to manage how you're feeling
Take things at your own pace
Changes to restrictions can make things feel less certain than when we were in total lockdown. Try to focus on things you can control instead of those you can't. Where possible, maintain your daily routine and prioritise your mental health.
Speak to others
Keeping in touch with your friends and family and talking through your concerns can help ease the stress caused by the pandemic. Check-in with people who you know may be worried or live alone. If you are very worried, contact a helpline for emotional support.
Speak to your GP
If you are struggling with your mental health, you can speak to your GP about getting help. Take a look at Mind's guidance for accessing treatment and support during the pandemic.
Being physically active is very important for your physical and mental health.
Any amount of physical activity, whether at home or indoors, can improve your mood and benefit wellbeing by helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Continuing to enjoy local walks, virtual fitness classes or gardening is a great way to stay active.
Where can you get further mental health support?
If you need to speak to someone you can call the Samaritans. They're always open and are there to listen.
Cruse Bereavement Care provide bereavement support to people across the UK. Talk of death in the news and online can be distressing if you're already struggling with grief. If you need someone to talk to you can call the Cruse helpline. You can also talk to them if you've been bereaved as a result of Coronavirus.
0808 808 1677 - Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they're open until 8pm.
Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Mental Health Foundation
The UK's charity for everyone's mental health, promoting good mental health for all.
Young Minds is a mental health charity for children and young people.
Mental health 24/7 response line
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) have a 24/7 phone line to provide advice, guidance and support to their existing patients, families and carers who are worried about their own or someone else's health.
The phone line provides round-the-clock support for adults and children, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
0800 953 1919
Mental health support for children and young people
A children and young people’s mental health helpline operates 24/7, offering advice, guidance and support to children, young people and carers.
Anyone concerned about a child or young person’s mental health, or a child or young person themselves, can phone the helpline and speak to mental health experts over the telephone.
The helpline should not be used for situations which are life threatening. In this case emergency services should be notified by phoning 999.
9am-5pm on a weekday call 01865 903777
5pm-9am on a weekday or on weekends call 01865 901000
More support is available at On Your Mind
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