As we ease into a new phase of lockdown, the term ease‘ can be misleading.
FORCE Oncology Support Specialist Emma Ellis explains.
“Ease is not necessarily the feeling evoked at this time for a good number of people, particularly those who are vulnerable from cancer treatment and emotionally less resourced after managing the difficulties and pressures of both cancer and coronavirus.
“Each of these is individually challenging in their own ways. The significant struggles and impact of the two together cannot and must not be ignored.
“Now, more than ever, is the time to consider your needs and how you might achieve them as you venture back out into your community your family, friends, colleagues etc.
“Here are five suggestions that may be helpful as you prepare to move into this new phase and remember, FORCE is here for you should you need support.”
Things to consider as COVID-19 restrictions ease:
- Go at a pace that works for you
- Set yourself small, achievable goals. It might be tempting to say yes to everything but that could become overwhelming. There is no hurry. Equally, after taking precautions for so long, we have become conditioned to stay at home and potentially avoid doing the things we enjoyed pre-COVID. Set yourself small, manageable targets. For example, meet a family member or friend for a coffee – someone you trust, can confide in over your concerns or worries – and make a plan together. You might meet outside before meeting in a home or café.
- Be informed
Social media, the internet and the opinions of others can be full of lots of confusing and conflicting information. Use trusted sources such as NHS COVID-19 pages or Macmillan for up-to-date information and guidance.
Naturally this is be a time that will create various levels of anxiety. It is more important than ever to make time for yourself to relax. Relaxation is a natural antidote to stress and anxiety. The FORCE website has many suggestions on what can help you to manage anxiety and to relax.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Afford yourself the love, care and compassion that you would show a loved one going through a difficult time. Try not to compare yourself to others. We each have differing needs, experiences and situations that shape and influence what we can do at any given moment. Remember, how we feel and our levels of being able to cope are not static. They are changing all the time.