Lockdown was nobody’s favourite time. You struggled not seeing your family and friends, the trips you wanted to take were cancelled or became too difficult, and your working life changed into something almost unrecognisable.
So, we should all be pretty pleased to be getting back to something like normal… right? Well, sure, but also, it can feel pretty scary to have to change back to living life as usual. From commuting to work to go on holiday and even socialising out and about with friends again – you might be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and wondering when things will change… again.
If you feel nervous about heading out post-lockdown, there are some simple ways you can calm your nerves at home. We have collected some of the best items you can pick up to help you chill out.
Adult colouring book
Remember when you were a child and you spent hours colouring in beautiful pictures? No artistic talent is required, just pure focus on making the image before you come to life in incredible colour. Well, colouring in is back, and now you can pick up a whole range of adult colouring books.
Whether you prefer calming patterns and flowers, have a favourite animal or celebrity, or want to colour in images from that TV show you can’t stop binging, there is an option for everyone.
Adult colouring books are a great way to relax and unwind after a long day, as the repetitive colouring motion is calming and you will see instant results. If you are familiar with project work, you know how rare that is!
After a day of tackling the post-lockdown world, coming home to a colouring book might be a great boost for your mental health… just remember to pick up some colouring pencils or felt tip pens and away you go.
You have probably heard about the great properties of cannabidiol (CBD oil)before, perhaps when it comes to pain relief or helping to provide you with a deeper and higher quality sleep.
But CBD oil is also an essential weapon in your arsenal when you are trying to “keep calm and carry on”. If you have events or days you are especially stressed about, the calming properties in CBD oil can help you to feel less panicked about them, and this can be invaluable in tackling those must-do tasks.
After all, you can’t stay indoors forever; with a couple of drops of CBD oil, leaving the house and getting on with your day might be just a little easier.
Aloe vera plant
If stress over lockdown easing has been keeping you awake at night, have you considered adding plants to your bedroom? Not just for the aesthetics (although that is a nice bonus) – an aloe vera plant requires little watering but can make a big difference.
These little plants can help to improve the air quality in any room, and this matters not just for your sleep quality but for your mood too. Irritants found in the air can cause not only breathing difficulty but a sense of unease and anxiety, which is exactly what you don’t want if you are already struggling.
Plants have a calming effect thanks to being natural, as greenery is very calming to the eye, and caring for a plant can take your mind off other concerns. But aloe vera packs a powerful punch when it comes to helping you deal with those anxious feelings.
Classic handcrafts are enjoying something of a resurgence and you can see why. When you are stressing out post-lockdown, you might find that you are constantly refreshing various news feeds, or doom scrolling to find the latest bad news. It is exceptionally easy to do this if you find yourself sitting in front of the TV after a difficult day.
Having something to do with your hands is a great way to combat those doom scrolling evenings, or hanging out too much on social media. Pick up a beginner’s knitting or embroidery kit, and your hands will be busy without the activity taking over your brain. You can still enjoy a movie or a chat with your loved one, but you won’t be able to reach for your tech to find out what’s going on in the world.
It’s okay, and very healthy, to switch off sometimes. A creative handcraft can help you to do this, and leave you with a beautiful (or at least interesting!) work of art.
Another throwback to a pre-digital world that we have been thinking about more and more is reading. Remember when you used to lose hours in a good book? When was the last time you did that without hitting the beach and not wanting to risk going over your data allowances?
Watching movies is a great way to escape, but it leaves your hands free to text and your mind free to wander. If you want to escape to a whole other world, reading is the best way to do it, and if you aren’t sure what to read, a book subscription service could help you out. They will send out a monthly new release for you to try, often at a much cheaper price than you would find on the shelves. So all you have to do is kick back, relax, and prime yourself for escapism.
Remember – it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous about things going back to normal. Everyone should go at their own pace and not feel pressured to be instantly comfortable with the changes laid out. Take it slow, and give yourself time to calm your nerves before getting back out there, one step at a time.