As we approach the end of March, we are getting closer and closer towards the end of lockdown, as we continue to follow Boris Johnsons roadmap of releasing the regulations. It has been over a year since the beginning of the last lockdown, and so it seems as if normal life is something people are struggling to remember, and so having life back to normal may be a little over whelming for some people.

I spoke to a 15-year-old girl who is currently a student. I asked her how she thinks she is going to prepare for everything to be reopening, and she said ‘I feel very excited for everything to be open once again and can’t wait for simple things such as going to my friends house for dinner, or even going to the shops at Bluewater! However, the thought of school and exams is a little stressful, and even being able to go out all the time is a little stressful to me.’

I wondered how she could be so excited, but still be nervous so I asked about this. ‘I feel as though it has been so long since I have had long, normal conversations with people, so I’m a bit worried I will run out of things to say! As well as this, I have had the comfort of my own home for so long, not having to worry about what any one thought of me, and so the idea of seeing lots of people at once is a little scary and overwhelming.’

I though it was interesting to see how even though it is very exciting to see everything returning to normal and being able to go out again, we all have to look after our own mental health, and try and make sure that the transition from lockdown to being out again is as easy as possible.