Covid-19 Ireland – Seven ways to deal with anxiety about ‘returning to normal’ as restrictions ease

Now YOU can sit in pubs, eat out after 8pm and even shake hands with strangers.

On Friday, Taoiseach Michael Martin announced almost all the Covid-19 measures in place to limit the spread of the virus. Has been raised.

Returning to'normal' life can be challenging


Returning to ‘normal’ life can be challengingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Experts are encouraging people to'go at their own pace'


Experts are encouraging people to ‘go at their own pace’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

And while many of us were overjoyed when the account lockdowns ended over the weekend, easing restrictions wasn’t exciting for everyone.

For people with social anxiety, life after lockdown can be difficult.

The threat of catching Covid remains a concern for some, with 885 patients hospitalized today and 76 still in intensive care.

Further 8,309 cases of Covid-19 was reported today.

However, although the number is still in the thousands, life is starting to return to pre-pandemic normal thanks to the country’s high vaccination coverage.

But experts are encouraging people to readjust at their own pace – as it’s completely natural to feel anxious and stressed about life not being stuck.

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This is Martin Rogan, CEO of Irish Mental Health offers his top tips on how to ease your way back into your normal life once things have unfolded.

Go at your own pace

Knowing what you’re comfortable with, don’t try to force yourself to keep up with everyone. Ask yourself what am I comfortable doing now?

We all move at different speeds, some people get back into society easily but some can take time, so move at a pace that you feel comfortable and comfortable with. that will help you stay grounded and focused.

Don’t avoid everything completely

Avoid, dodge. In healthy living, we all have a series of setbacks.

As you prepare to take your test Leaving your test, anxiety builds and builds but when you’re in the exam room and turning the page, the anxiety will melt away.

This is the same thing. If you dodge, you will miss the opportunity. It will never be as bad as you think.

Push your boundaries a little bit and things will get easier.

Talk to someone

If you are nervous about meeting someone, call them and just say ‘can I talk to you about this’?

When you are describing your worries to others, you are really talking to yourself, you are giving a little form of your problem and you can see your way through it.

There is a difference between sharing and dumping. Talking to someone doesn’t mean taking your burden off them.

Be aware, you don’t have your own personal pandemic, everyone is in a pandemic.

Cong Viet Everyday

Process helps to give us shape, form and position and it helps us to fix ourselves.

But for those worried about changes in their daily routine, it’s important to be flexible.

Whatever your routine may be, whether it’s an exercise routine or a sex routine, or checking in with people or regular meal times, it helps if you keep them as long as they don’t become lazy.

The important thing is to do something spontaneous every now and then. It’s the teenage years, we’re always adjusting our clocks, and throughout our lives we’re adjusting.

We are all adaptable and our role in life is curious.


Breathing is a really powerful trick that anyone can do at any time.

If you are feeling overwhelmed somewhere, Whether in a crowd or elsewhere, place your hand on your navel and take a long, slow, deep breath until your hand is raised.

Hold it for a while then blow out completely and repeat twice.

When you’re panicking, you’re holding onto your carbon dioxide, and that scares the brain, and it thinks there’s something going on and that fuels the cycle of anxiety.

But when you breathe in, it slows it all down and gets more oxygen into your bloodstream, and your brain says, ‘Okay, I’m cold.’

Allow yourself to feel your emotions

People can say, ‘I should celebrate, or this is shocking, or I feel very strange’. Allow yourself a little latitude.

It’s okay to feel worried. People may find that they are feeling a little low, or that their energy has dropped, or that they are feeling stressed, and that is a very rational, rational, and healthy response to what we have been experiencing. experience, individually and collectively.

No one is alone. But be patient with yourself and be patient with others.

We’ve been through the most extraordinary collective experience, which is isolation, so I’d be more worried about someone saying ‘oh that’s duck’s head water’.

Healthy people can face difficult situations and say ‘this is how I can handle myself and this is where I need help’.

Take time to relax

For some people, they manage their anxiety through meditation, but some people also manage their anxiety and relax through sports, joining a choir or a club. sets, or just to connect with others.

We encourage everyone to have a helpful tool belt they need to deal with anxiety.

There are several ways to de-stress and relax, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Mental Health Ireland chief executive Martin Rogan says it's completely normal to feel nervous about the lifting of restrictions


Mental Health Ireland chief executive Martin Rogan says it’s completely normal to feel nervous about the lifting of restrictions
Restrictions lifted from 6am last Saturday


Restrictions lifted from 6am last SaturdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty Covid-19 Ireland – Seven ways to deal with anxiety about ‘returning to normal’ as restrictions ease

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