‘Socially, how do we navigate this?’: lifting lockdown is stressful for some

While some may celebrate relaxation of Covid rules, others may feel anxious about changes

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, people are understandably keen for a gradual return to normal. But while many will be celebrating each stage of the reopening, for others such significant changes will be accompanied by feelings of stress or anxiety.

“I’m still incredibly anxious about catching Covid,” says James Bagshaw, 27, a lecturer who lives in York. “I’m asthmatic and suffer with chronic rhinitis. With lockdown ending I’m anxious that I’ll have to come into contact with people even though I’ll be unvaccinated for a while longer yet.”

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Category: Mental Health