What does the lifting of restrictions mean for you?
In March this year, the government announced details of a roadmap that would see lockdown restrictions put in place to protect us from COVID-19, easing across the UK.
Over the following months, we have seen different steps of the 4 step roadmap being followed, with the aim to be that the final step will see an end to all the restrictions that we have been living with since March 2020.
What has changed?
The government announced on Monday 12th July that on 19th July, we will enter step 4 of the roadmap and all current restrictions will be lifted.
The lifting of restrictions does not mean that the risk of COVID-19 has gone but more that we now have measures in place to help to limit the spread of the virus including the vaccination programme, track and trace and the ability to test regularly if you have the virus.
Although shielding guidance ended in April 2021, there is still some support available for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and may have previously been advised to shield. You can find this guidance here.
“Our mission is to make sure that people with a brain tumour have the best possible chance of living their best possible life following a brain tumour diagnosis, so we take issue with the lack of detailed advice and help provided by government for our vulnerable community. Our priority is how can we support our community to feel resilient and empowered right now, today, in the face of a lack of meaningful advice. The people we are here for, who we support, have been living with the restrictions for so long now, they will have established their ways of working. It would be good to think about what it is we can do now, what the strategies are to protect each other and for us to help them, or you, to take appropriate steps forward as things change”
What does this mean for people with a brain tumour?
We know that the past 16 months have been incredibly challenging for people living with a brain tumour diagnosis. Our community reported concerns around delayed appointments and scans, face to face appointments being replaced with virtual or phone consultations, and of course, a lack of social interaction with loved ones.
As we look forward to a life without restrictions on how we live our lives, what does this mean for people living with a brain tumour and those who have previously had to shield under the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people? The answer to this will be different for everybody. There is no right or wrong way to feel about how the coming weeks and months may look but is it important to know how you can manage your feelings around this.
If you are struggling with the idea of restrictions being lifted, ask yourself:
- What is it that I am struggling with in relation to this?
- What are the benefits for me of the restrictions being lifted?
- What are the risks for me of the restrictions being lifted?
- What is important to me at the moment?
- What can help me feel more comfortable with the lifting of restrictions?
- Who can I talk to about the way I am feeling?
Below are some links to articles we have written that may contain some useful tips and strategies to help:
We are also running regular online sessions with Hypnotherapist Louise Baker. ‘Calmness and Connectivity’, is a two part webinar series which offer you an insight into hypnotherapy and will provide you with practical tools and techniques for dealing with anxiety; and allow you to experience how to let go of the past. You can find out more about these sessions here.
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