Post-lockdown anxiety is a thing –so if going back to life outside home is stressful for you, you are not alone.
Most of us have experienced some degree of anxiety during the lockdown. And returning to normal, we are still experiencing some uneasiness. In fact, some people have grown used to a slower pace of life during 2020, which added to the fear of COVID, and you are bound to have a lot on your mind. Here are the signs you should be paying attention to:
1. Constant worry about the future
There’s no doubt it has been a year of bad news, it is normal to feel anxious and to worry about what to expect in the following months, but if these worries prevent you from doing things, you should be asking for help.
2. Sleeping problems
It is normal to experience difficulty sleeping since the start of the pandemic, but a year has gone by and if it has taken its toll on you, you should be addressing insomnia because it can impact every area of your life.
It is not normal to feel constantly tired, irritable, or if you find it difficult to concentrate –but you are not alone. It is a normal reaction to what we’ve experienced.
If you feel your pulse is accelerated, it is a sign of stress.
5. Shortness of breath
Some people feel shortness of breath or breathe at a rapid rate due to anxiety, this might make you lightheaded and increase feelings of panic.
If you find yourself ruminating or obsessing over life events, it could be a symptom of anxiety or depression.
7. Being too cautious
Post-lockdown anxiety might be holding yourself back from doing your daily chores because you are too cautious.
8. Other physical symptoms
Headaches, stomach cramps, sweating and nausea can be signs of post-pandemic anxiety too.
If obsessive hygiene takes over your life –think of compulsively washing your hands or being too afraid of catching the virus or passing it on–, it might be a good idea to seek help.
What could be causing these symptoms?
From COVID, to work, money and the health of your family, several factors could contribute to anxiety. Anxiety occurs when we try to predict how situations that worry us will unfold and we want to prepare for them. While preparing to solve problems is good, it could be counteractive if it is the only thing you think about.
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