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Transitioning Out Of Lockdown

. Written by Marleen Filimon

It’s important to normalize all these feelings and experiences, as we are in the midst of a global transition. Change can be tough for many people, and this is no different.

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For some, this change is bringing up a sense of excitement and longing to connect with friends and family. Whereas for others, it may be bringing up more anxiety and anticipation.

Part of this change can involve allowing ourselves to feel whatever comes up, while noticing any thoughts that tell us that we should be feeling different. Perhaps you may notice judgemental thoughts telling you that you “should” feel excited or “shouldn’t” feel sad or scared.

It is okay to take this change slowly, at your own pace. For some, that may look like connecting with close friends one on one, or going for coffee and a walk. We are creatures of habit, and in the last one and a half years, we have adapted to being in our homes and isolated from friends and family.

We can support and ground ourselves throughout this transition by aiming to implement regular self-care. This can look like a walk outside, playing with your pet, journaling, calling a friend, or taking some down time for yourself.

I welcome you to honour your own unique experience of getting back to “normal”, whatever that may look like for you.

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