Here in the UK, lockdown restrictions are starting to ease. I’m so excited to get back to normal life- and it’s amazing to think that we might be able to have a bit of freedom this summer. I can’t wait to meet with friends, visit my boyfriend, and go for a drink or night out.
Whether you’re looking forward to getting out and about this summer, or you’re still feeling a bit apprehensive about getting back to normal life- it’s important to keep staying safe post-lockdown.
Below I’ve come up with 9 easy tips that will help you stay safe post-lockdown, including quick ideas and little things to remember when you’re out enjoying life again
Keep to your space
It’s definitely exciting to hug and kiss our loved ones when we get the chance! But if you’re off to the pub or in a busy restaurant, try to stay away from other households when you can. It’s also a good idea to be respectful of those who want to keep a bit of distance.
Use your own water bottle
This is one I started doing last summer, and using your own water bottle (or mug, cutlery etc.) is a great way to keep your germs to yourself when getting out and about.
So if you’re visiting your friend’s house, or off on a staycation, stick to your own water bottle and utensils- and you can avoid passing on any germs.
Stop touching surfaces
When you’re out, try to avoid touching too many surfaces. There are so many surfaces you don’t think about when you’re out, such as tables, chairs, toilets, doors, bars, and banisters.
This doesn’t mean you need to panic at all, but just remember when you need to use hand sanitiser- and be conscious of over-touching surfaces you don’t need to.
Wash your hands
I know, we’re sick of hearing this now- but it’s the best way to keep hygienic and look after yourself and everyone around you. Wash your hands with soap when possible, and have hand sanitiser on hand when you’re out and about.
Look after your mental health by reducing anxiety as things start to ease- and remember that no-one expects you to go back to total normal straight away.
Always remember to start small, stick to what makes you feel comfortable, and look after yourself. I wrote a post for Sarah about this topic, and Rachel wrote a brilliant post about lockdown anxiety for me back in 2020.
Wash your clothes
A lot of NHS workers are advised to change their clothes when they get back home from work just in case there are any germs on the material.
If you’re particularly concerned about getting back out it could be worth changing your clothes when you get in from somewhere busy, taking a few extra precautions to look after yourself.
Don’t forget your mask!
Yes yes, I know by now we are used to wearing masks on a regular basis- but don’t forget to have your mask in your pocket or bag whenever you pop to the shops, pub, or out to meet friends.
Choose where you go
This one is a really important (and easy) way to stay safe post-lockdown. Apart from any work or childcare obligations- choose where you go so that you’re always being as safe as possible.
Some places will be more “covid-safe” than others as we come into the summer months- so choose your outings or trips with care and make sure to look out for your post-lockdown safety.
This might mean walking to your favourite restaurant instead of taking public transport, or getting a taxi to avoid mixing with more people. It’s all about avoiding risk where possible- and enjoying yourself with care.
Use hand sanitiser
When I’m at work, I always use hand sanitiser whenever I’ve popped to the toilet, or used the doors- but when I’m out and about with friends I find that it’s easier to forget!
Take your own hand sanitiser so you’re not relying on wherever you’re going to have their own supply- and choose one that’s gentle for your skin.
What do you think of my easy tips to stay safe post-lockdown? What’s your best tip to stay sfae post-lockdown? What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x