The last couple of weeks I've found my anxiety is increasing and I think I know why. (Background: both myself and my bf are immune suppressed, he was shielding, and we've both had all the covid vaccines we can)
Here in the UK restrictions are being lifted more and more. For example for a couple of weeks now there is no legal requirement to self isolate. Yes that's no legal requirement to self isolate even if you test positive for covid 🤦♀️ And as of 1st April you won't be able to get free covid tests either. In fact I think the only people who can get free covid tests are those going into hospital and those who are vulnerable to covid and showing symptoms. It's completely crazy imo, but you know there's nothing I can do.
So the message I'm getting from the government is "go back to normal". This in itself increased my anxiety. Another layer to add to this is the messages I'm getting from work, social media and people in general is "let's do more, see more people, return to the office, etc." This is feeding my anxiety because my brain is going "it's not safe out there because covid and people are acting like covids over... to your fight, flight and freeze battle stations... ***PANIC***"
I really don't know what I can do to handle this anxiety because practically speaking there isn't anything more I can actually do. I already work from home and thankfully can continue to do so (the message to return to the office is from top level management. My team however are super understanding and supportive!). We already get food shopping delivered and clean it on arrival. I don't see anyone inside with one carefully considered exception: I sometimes have private trampoline sessions in a big hall with only the coach in a mask there, and they're irregular. My parents have a 2 week extra-precautions period prior to seeing me.
There is literally nothing else I can do to keep myself safe and ease my anxiety. I suppose all I can do is wait it out and wait for my brain to get used to the new restrictions or lack thereof.
Is anyone feeling similar?
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