1 month, 2 wks ago

Adjusting to life after Lockdowns!

We are nearly out of Alcatraz!

Does anyone else have anxiety about going out in public?

I’m double vaxxed and my anxiety is heightened.

What coping strategies do people use?

Thanks 🙏🏽

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  • 1 w, 5 days ago

    “Does anyone else have anxiety about going out in public?”……

    Yes! I’m doubled vaxed, and as soon as they give us the go ahead, I’m more than happy to go for a third booster.

    I go to the local Plaza. Of course we have to wear masks. I don’t usually eat there. I will admit that when I get home I toss all my clothes in the wash.

    I’m desperately wanting to go for a ride on a train into the city (Melbourne). There’s a few things I want to look at in the city, plus I’m a train fan and I’m desperately wanting to go for a ride on one of the new trains. But OMG would it be safe to do so? I just don’t know!

    • 1 w ago

      @Rose_P I am based in Melbourne. I frequently travel on one of the largest and longest train lines in this state and it is perfectly fine. There are not usually many people (in the mornings I have complete carriages to myself when pre-COVID it would be packed like sardines) and most people are very good at sitting apart at a distance. I have found it perfectly safe with my mask on at all times. I otherwise have general anxiety about other activities like dining in restaurants, which I am still uncomfortable with doing unless it is al fresco.

      My office is in the CBD but I avoid the CBD on weekends, because of the deranged protestors. I have also gone shopping a few times with a mask on in shopping centres and it has been okay.

      I am double vaxxed but my stepfather refuses to get vaxxed (he is lost in a severe misinformation rabbit hole). It is a decision that has completely divided our family and a lot of my anxiety stems from trying to still keep him safe and doing what I can to lessen inadvertent transmission with my actions.

      • 1 w ago

        Thanks for your reply Ethelinde. I am sooooooo desperate to go into the city. I am a train nut, and I particularly want to go for a ride on one of those new HCMT trains. Desperately! Your reply has made it much more attractive to me!

    • 1 w, 3 days ago

      I know what you mean, @Rose_P – I’ve got the same concerns. I’ve only been going for walks & to my small local shopping centre. I walk there & catch the bus home if I get a lot of groceries, & throw my clothes in the wash when I get home, too.

      Pre-COVID, I used to go all over Sydney, often just for a trip out. I used to go into the city at least once a week – sometimes, just for a cappuccino & a look around.

      I’ve got a Click & Collect at Myer: I live 5km from the Sydney CBD, so I might walk there & bus back. It’ll be my first time back in the city. I plan to go in the middle of the day to avoid peak hour commuters.

      I reckon Melbourne trains would be OK if you avoid peak hours. I feel apprehensive, too; but, I think it’s time we should start to venture out.

    • 1 w, 3 days ago

      I’m having the same anxieties as you Rose. The constant rallies worry me too!

  • 1 month ago

    YES but community covid is low at the moment so it should be ok. Of course you can still get covid with the vaccine but hopefully herd immunity will work. The non vaccinated are the ones that should be worried as they can get sickest and spread it.. Hope that eases you anxiety. I deal with covid everyday and its ok – I use to get anxiety but its ok – it is what it is. Just take it easy with your day to day life and slowly- everything will be ok in the end.

    • 1 w ago

      Community Covid……no it’s not low here in Melbourne. We are still getting 1200 plus cases per day, even though we have supposedly got 90% plus vax rate! I don’t think they are telling us the truth!

      I am double vaccinated, so hopefully that means I’m better protected, but I can’t help but feel a bit worried about going out in public. I do go to the local shops, and I catch the bus home, but I desperately miss my train trips into the city.

      Our biggest problem around here seems to be our schools at the moment. They are full of it. My brother is a primary school teacher. He has been sent home several times. He had a child in his class who tested positive, but thankfully didn’t spread it. My brother has spent most of the year teaching his class remotely from home. He reckons his students all know what his kitchen looks like!

  • Yay!!!!! left the central coast today and went for a swim up in the Lake Macquarie region! woot – felt great and not a worry because I am triple vaxxed. I visited the beach and did a 1km swim in the gorgeous pool on the waterway there. I had tears in my eyes (tears of relief) as I arrived there because it’s been such a long wait to get off the central coast.

    • 1 month ago

      Sounds lovely, Ccw! I can’t get triple vaxed until 16 December & I’m impatient!

      • That’s awesome M8 you have your date set for your 3rd! 😀

      • 1 month ago

        Yep, I’ll be making an appointment when it gets closer. I’m counting down!

      • Thanks M8! Yes it was a really healthy thing for me to do – not just physically – but mentally such a breath of fresh air! Now I wan to make all sorts of plans to go camping all over NSW! I know where all the good pools are! 😀

      • 1 month ago

        My sisters on the CC want to go camping, too. We’re all hanging out! It feels like forever since I’ve been camping.

  • 1 month ago

    I am hoping to get my booster shot early in December. Just wish WA would open its borders to Victoria so that my daughter who lives in Bendigo can come over for a visit. Miss her so much.

  • 1 month, 1 w ago

    My daughter went back to school today and it was so exciting and there was a ‘welcome back we missed you’ sign at the school gates in huge writing made up of A4 huge lettering and balloons all over the school fences!

  • 1 month, 1 w ago

    My life was same throughout all this time (ok had more time for some fun stuff hehe). Just one difference: was planning to work overseas, but did not want to face issues coming back. I do love Australia and have hope it will get better leaders soon.
    Just yesterday was at the busy Sydney markets to get myself more fruit and veg, was sooo happy to see it was getting back to what it was, fuller and busier. Hope farmers recover from all this and after bushfires and floods….no one was there to help them. And we all in the cities depend of them! Our lives literally!
    Take care everyone and take it easy on yourself. It has been a rough ride in the world. Things can and will only get better. Love you all xx

  • 1 month, 1 w ago

    Have to admit I love visiting my local rural roadside stall for veges etc – it’s just a little one but it’s fully outside and she usually has potatoes, onions, cucumbers etc I’ve always bought from her way before corona but it was great to have that as well during the corona. I probably will visit her today and get some fresh greens. I do wash the veges all really thoroughly with vegewash but I always did even before corona.

  • 1 month, 1 w ago

    For the first day or two I was concerned but after I’d had my 3rd shot I felt much more confident. I’m now 11 days after my 3rd shot and feel like I could go anywhere! Still not allowed to leave the central coast though. : / hoping they dont change it again on the 1st November and tell us we’re still not allowed to leave. I think the Central Coast has been in lockdown the longest in all of NSW – even Sydney can travel around a bit. We’ve been in lockdown for the whole time Sydney has but we are still not allowed to leave.

    • 1 month, 1 w ago

      Regarding anxiety though – no I don’t have that now (except for the first few days) as I’ve been visiting family, looking a real estate and going to the beach. I still carry a mask on me and wear it when it should be worn like going into a home that is for sale. I am hoping to see my mum today!

      I’m still doing boot pick up for my groceries but I don’t put the freezer stuff in separate freezer bags after we get it home like I was during the worst part of the pandemic here.

  • 1 month, 1 w ago

    It’s sad that you’re feeling anxious Lucy. I can’t even imagine how it feels to step outside after being locked down for so long.
    Are you anxious because you’re worried about getting sick or, is it the thought of socializing that is making you anxious?

    One of my co-workers refuses to take off her mask in the presence of others because she’s so anxious about getting the virus.
    We’ve been pretty fortunate here in SA where our “worst” lockdown only lasted a week. In fact, a lot of us are hoping for another lockdown so we can finally get a break from other people!

    • 1 month, 1 w ago

      It is awful what covid has done to us all and expecially the country and businesses. So many have closed their doors forever. But I guess we must remember that in Australia we have been one of the best performing countries. So many others have fared so much worse.

    • 1 month, 1 w ago

      Hi Lawliet, it’s a bit of both. I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and the thought of catching the virus terrifies me.

      Logically, I know how to protect myself but then I find myself panicking!

      You are definitely lucky in SA. My Dad hasn’t been able to see rellies over there in nearly two years. He moved to a suburb that made it easier to do road trips over there and he is more than restless to get back. All his family are in SA, WA, NSW and Canberra and without my Mum who died nearly seven years ago, it’s a bit isolating for him!

  • 1 month, 2 wks ago

    Please dont feel afraid. Our medical people are very well educated and will be able to do whatever is necessary to keep us all alive. Lots of the other countries are opening up and I for one, am very optimistic

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