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Small steps, big changes

02 June 2021
Volume 3 · Issue 6


Deborah Robertson celebrates getting her second COVID-19 vaccination, examining her mixed emotions as she starts going back into the world, discussing the impact this has had on her mental health and examining some of the tips the NHS gives for others feeling the same

I have started to venture out, slowly at first, the post office, the fish shop, building up to the supermarket and a drink in a very quiet beer garden with my husband and son. My experiences have seen mixed emotions. The relief of getting out and making my own vitamin D instead of supplements. The fresh air, and the feeling that things are back on the way to normal. Those are the positives, but there are downsides. I was not prepared for the level of anxiety I experienced. Although I went with family at quiet times, I was overwhelmed by seeing lots of people (remember I have only seen two in person for over a year). I didn't want anyone to come near me, I wore my mask, washed my hands excessively and avoided touching my face. The second thing I was unprepared for was how little stamina I had. I tired easily, my knees hurt and I struggled to walk too far. Being at home for so long has had a significant impact on my fitness.

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