July 22, 2020 in News & Opinions
So lockdown is pretty much over. But isn’t it a bit too soon?
I’m just gonna say it, it is too soon.
I write this post 2 weeks or so following the reopening of pubs and restaurants and I’m still not convinced life should be going back to this level of normality this quickly.
Whilst the rest of the UK remains firm on restricting the hospitality sector, England seems to be itching for a pint right after they’ve had their haircut and frankly I don’t understand why. I do understand that the economy has suffered, Europe as a whole is facing recession and I know the hospitality and entertainment industries are suffering right now, with no performances there is no income. The shift in mentality by a huge majority of the country is mind boggling, particularly when it comes to the desperation for alcohol.
One minute those going out are idiots, particularly those going out to protest Black Lives Matter and human rights – they were branded as selfish and were told they were risking a second wave. but the next minute it’s ok for Tom, Dave and Harry to pop down to the pub… where is the logic? Oops my bad, forgot about the deep rooted racism in this country, but that conversation is for another day. There’s a video on TikTok that sums up the new restrictions, the girl says “I can’t hug my nan but I can take her on the Nemesis Inferno.” Though the video is a joke, it has complete truth in it – we can’t ignore that the new ‘normal’ or new rules are really really weird.
I mentioned on my Insta a few days before pubs were reopening, that I’m concerned for the country’s mental health, the world’s actually if I really think about it. I think that people’s desperation for the pubs to reopen is due to the massive hit the country’s mental health has taken. This is by no means judgement actually I’m seriously concerned, poor mental health is an overlooked killer. I’m concerned for the blokes and the lads of the country (and obviously everyone else) who are hard as nails who have bottled up their anxiety, the ones that don’t talk about their worries, the low mood from being in the same 4 walls for months on end and haven’t dealt with it in any way shape or form. I know many men who were driven mad by lockdown and I feel like this desperation for alcohol isn’t just an eagerness for our old lives but instead the fear of dealing with their emotions
In my opinion, everyone is so so eager for the old ‘normal’ when in reality I don’t think we can have that luxury yet when some parts of England are having their own lockdowns again. We’re not in safety yet and even when we are we need to address our country’s mental health as a whole.
I’ve been so lucky to be able to nurture my mental health during lockdown as I was still able to see my counsellor – zoom FTW! But many people didn’t have access to theirs, some didn’t even have access to a counsellor to begin with. I think we need to calm down the re-opening of the country and also look after ourselves; I know firsthand the effects lockdown has had on a family member and I know for sure they can’t be the only person who had a really hard time dealing with their emotional wellbeing during some of the strangest times in our history. What started out as a virus that was way way way over there quickly turned into our problem and many lives were lost or hugely impacted because of it – we’re human and this should have impacted us in someway emotionally. I won’t pretend I didn’t get upset through fear of losing family members or irate at the suggestion that my mum would have to use public transport as her office started to re-open; my wellbeing was not great some days. My treatment however was not alcohol and shouldn’t be the prescription the government seems to be handing out to the population.
Please recognise that you might not be ok – there really is no shame in that. This post got quite deep, I’m just concerned for mental health right now when it’s disguised as ‘let’s get on the lash’.
Please stay safe and look after yourself in whatever way you need. I will be writing a post all about how I’ve looked after myself in the last few months – stay tuned for that.
One last thing: the protesters in Hyde Park are moronic – wear the mask so millions of people and their loved ones don’t have to lock themselves in their houses any longer. Also the retail workers who deal with thousands of people a day shouldn’t be put at extra risk because you’re a Karen! WEAR THE MASK AND BE QUIET! That is all.
Ok I’m very much done now. Oh and if you wanna support the arts here’s a link to ways to support all sorts of arts right now, click me!
Must dash x