Amy, one of our young volunteers, expresses how she feels about getting back to a ‘new normal’….

Over the past three months, I think most of us have become accustomed to life in lockdown and it’s becoming almost a routine. However, there is also still a big feeling of longing for life to go back to the way it was.

It’s unclear when things may return to normal, and some things already have, with a few changes. Except gradual return to normality when life has so drastically changed for so many reason has left some, including myself, feeling a bit anxious towards the future and what it holds for everyday life.

  • Are we safe going to the shops?
  • Is there a chance we could be carriers of the virus and give it to other unknowingly?
  • What’s going to happen at school and will I achieve everything I want, due to these changes?

These are all questions that have run through my head and things I have questioned while being stuck in isolation. I think we can all agree that some things, like keeping ourselves and others safe, are more central than others, but that doesn’t diminish any of the other worries we may have, or make them less important.

Girl with a mask on a train

I think that during these times of change, and our worries about the future, the most important thing to think about is how can we keep ourselves and others safe, while also keeping in mind the importance of taking care of our mental health. So often people feel their issue/worries don’t matter when looking at the larger scale. But I think what we all need to keep in mind is that looking after our mental health, especially in a time like this, is as important as ever, and we, as a society, should see that and strive to do better and make sure we look out for people who might be struggling or having a harder time than others.

Just because life is slowly coming back to normal, it doesn’t take away the issue it may have bought to some, and the anxiety towards the future it will leave behind.