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Navigating the Lockdown Anniversary: 5 Tips for Managing Your Mental Health

admin - April 6, 2023 - 0 comments

As a psychotherapist, I have seen firsthand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have had on people’s mental health. As we approach the anniversary of the lockdown, it’s important to reflect on the impact it had on our mental health and our lives.

The lockdown was a challenging time for many people, and it is natural to feel a sense of loss, grief, and anxiety as we reflect on the events of the last few years. The anniversary of the lockdown may trigger these feelings, and we need to take the time to acknowledge them and seek support if needed. Here I’ll be going over some common feelings about this time as well as sharing 5 tips for navigating this time and taking care of your mental health as we move through the anniversary of lockdown.

One of the most significant impacts of the lockdown was social isolation. With a disruption in our social lives, many people were unable to see their friends and family, attend social events, or participate in their usual activities. This isolation lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. As a psychotherapist, I have seen many clients who have struggled with these feelings and reconnecting with their old social lives post-pandemic as well.

This is also the anniversary of what I call the pandemic under the pandemic – the difficulty of lockdown on couples. Many of the coping strategies and tools couples used to connect and stay close weren’t available due to the lockdown and spending so much time together proved to be challenging. If your relationship was impacted and you are struggling to reconnect, you can check out this interview where I share specific suggestions to help address those challenges.

COVID-19 and the lockdown also created new stresses for many people, especially financial and health-related stress. With people experiencing layoffs or a reduction in income, many people experienced  anxiety or depression. The overall uncertainty of the pandemic also contributed to feelings of stress and anxiety, as people worry about their health and the health of their loved ones. This constant vigilance and concern about safety can really wear on you, even years alter.

Another significant challenge of the lockdown time was the loss of routine and structure, which did a nymber on pe. For many people, their daily routines were been disrupted, leading to a sense of disorientation and loss of control. This lack of structure can also lead to difficulties with sleep, which can have a negative impact on mental health. I’m sharing a blog specifically for people who are experiencing post-pandemic stress and anxiety you can check out here.

As we approach the anniversary of the lockdown, it is important to remember that it is normal to experience a range of emotions and to seek support if needed. Psychotherapy can be a helpful tool for managing the mental health impacts of the pandemic. Through therapy, individuals can learn coping strategies, develop resilience, and build a sense of hope for the future.

Recognizing how this anniversary can be difficult is important – here are some tips for moving forward and moving through these different emotions:

Acknowledge Your Feelings

It is completely normal and healthy to have strong feelings when reflecting about the events of the last few years. Part of being human is experiencing these emotions, even if they are negative. Whether you feel sad, anxious, or angry, it is important to allow yourself to feel and express these emotions. Talking to a trusted friend or family member or seeking support from a therapist can be very helpful in helping us move through intense feelings.

Take Care of Your Physical Health

Your physical health can have a huge impact on your mental health, so make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly. Take breaks throughout the day to stretch, breathe deeply, or engage in a calming activity like yoga or meditation.

Stay Connected

While post-pandemic measures may still be in place, it is important to stay connected with loved ones. Taking the time to connect with the important people in your life and sharing experiences with them can provide a sense of support and community. Give a friend a call or text a family member that you’re thinking about them – even the little gestures can really make a difference.

Practice Self Care

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with intense emotions, sometimes you need to slow down and take care of yourself. Self-care can take many forms, such as being in nature, taking a long walk, taking a relaxing bath, reading a book, or engaging in a hobby that brings you joy. Something as small as carving out time in the morning to journal and drink a cup of tea can be a very important way to take a moment to take care of yourself. By taking time for yourself, you can reconnect and strengthen your relationship with yourself.

Focus on the Present 

While it is important to acknowledge the anniversary of the lockdown, it is also important to focus on the present moment. Engage in activities that bring you joy and help you stay present, such as listening to music, practicing mindfulness, or being outside in nature. Practicing gratitude can also be a powerful way to stay present, so try writing down every parts of your current life that you are grateful for. It is important to process the past but also and focus on what you can do to take care of yourself in the present moment.

We learned a lot about ourselves, our partners, and our mental health during the lockdown that can be helpful post-pandemic. Think about the key self-care practices that you used to manage during the pandemic that would be helpful to continue post-pandemic. I recommend that you continue the routines that you set during the lockdown that served you well and can fit your post-pandemic lifestyle.

Remember that managing your mental health is an ongoing process, and it is okay to ask for help when you need it. With time, support, and self-care, it is possible to navigate the challenges of this post-pandemic time and emerge stronger and more resilient.  If you’re struggling to navigate post-pandemic, I can help. You can connect with me here.


Babita Spinelli

Licensed Psychotherapist & Certified Coach.



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