Corona-phobia is real and it is something many of us are experiencing. Whilst lockdown life has been challenging, the next challenge many are fearing is actually coming out of it and having to go back to normal life.
This is an overwhelming time of anxiety, we are getting horrific statistics plugged over our social media feeds daily whilst also many of us are forcibly having to be away from the comfort of family and friends. However, there is another pandemic going on at the moment as well, many of us are struggling from ‘Corona-phobia’. Whilst we are aware of the destructive and terrifying nature of these times, there is an element of not wanting the lockdown aspect to end because that triggers an even more intense anxiety than the one being felt right now.
Lockdown life isn’t easy at the best of times, we are removed from family and friends, we are away from are jobs, our normal lives have been disrupted and worst of all we have to sit patiently knowing many are losing their lives with no certain end in sight. However, for many, the thought of leaving lockdown can feel even more distressing.
The fear for those who are struggling with the thought of leaving lockdown, is that they wonder how they will be able to adjust to back to ‘normal’ life and how certain they can be for their safety when restrictions are lifted. Lockdown, as lonely and troublesome as it can be, is also a time we have been able to relax and indulge in the activities we are deprived off in our normal everyday lives, despite the awful circumstances.
Corona-phobia isn’t the desire for coronavirus or lockdown to stay, because no one in their right mind would wish for such a horrific thing, it is the desire to keep as much familiarity and habitual routine as possible because the idea of coming out of this and having to re-adjust again, knowing the damaged economy and fear for the virus to return, will be a challenge and a time of potentially even more uncertainty than now.
For those struggling with Corona-phobia, it is important to remember to take everything one day at a time. Recognising how you are feeling in the present moment and remember things you have to be grateful for and be positive about. Remind yourself that this situation is temporary and the same way we adjusted to this new way of life, will be the same way we will re-adjust when we have to come out of it. Finally, remember bad days are okay. Don’t feel guilty for feeling de-motivated or down, this is history we are living through, don’t be so hard on yourself.
Stay safe, stay home and protect our NHS.