How to Deal With Social Anxiety After Lockdown

Updated: Jun 13

4 steps you can take on your own mental roadmap out of lockdown.

We’re nearing the end of the roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in the UK. If you’re like me you’ve gone past caring about “Freedom Day” on 21st June.

The truth is, we’ve got quite a few “freedoms” now but for some people, that’s actually causing a surprising level of anxiety.

I liken it to a rabbit that’s got used to being in a hutch. After a while you can leave the door open and it probably won’t want to come out. Even if it does, after some trepidation it emerges, has a run around, nibbles a bit of grass and runs back in to safety.

Unless you were my rabbit from when I was about 7 which escaped into a 40-acre corn field at night during combining which prompted a frantic neighbourhood search only to find it happily sat back in the hutch some hours later…

That’s basically us after lockdown. We’re all having a different experience of post lockdown freedoms.

Where are you on this scale?

Are you feeling a bit anxious venturing back into the “real world”? Nervous about meeting in a group? Overwhelmed with social rules? Feeling strangely tired after a social gathering? Can’t be bothered?

Or maybe you’re feeling really anxious and dread “getting out there” again. You don’t feel safe. You don’t know what to say anyway. So you’re just staying home because it all seems to much.

Then you’ll want to read this because I’m going to tell you why this is and offer you tips on how you can start to re-start your social and work life without the stress and pressure you might be putting on yourself.

Think of it as your own mental roadmap out of lockdown.

The first time I went out to meet several in a social setting I felt a bit strange. I don’t associate with having anxiety anymore as I addressed that long ago, but there was an unfamiliar feeling at the thought of making a plan to go out and when I was there, something between a feeling of “oh, this is sort of normal, like no time has passed. Is it really a year since I’ve seen you?” and “this is odd. I’ve not got much to say really…you?”.

What is Social Anxiety?