Doing something for the first time in a while can feel strange.
So, some social anxiety is normal as lockdown ends and we start to meet groups of people in person again.
Here are our top tips to help build your confidence gradually. So that you can get back together with your community safely. And make good things happen.
5 tips to try
1Find things to do outside
Getting out into open spaces with fresh air can clear your head and boost your mood.
Parks, gardens and woods are public spaces where it can be easier to keep a social distance. They also make a great venue for group activities like walking, gardening and even fishing.
To get started, find things to do outside near you.
2Try an online activity
If you don’t feel like meeting in person, you can still learn, chat and share from home.
There are lots of things that you can do online like painting, yoga and photography. To get started, find things to do online.
Before you join, read our guide about how to attend online activities.
3Ask friends and family to join you
Meeting new people can feel more daunting than usual right now.
So going to an activity or group with somebody that you know well might help you feel more comfortable.
You can support each other and share the experience together.
When you find something you’re interested in doing, use the share button at the top of the activity page and invite them to read about it.
4Put your mental wellbeing first
Connecting with other people can help you to feel good.
There are other things you can do to feel good in yourself. Read our top tips for how to look after your mental wellbeing, which includes further help from Co-op's charity partners: Mind, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Inspire.
The NHS have also suggested 11 tips to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown.
5Celebrate small wins
It’s important to be kind to yourself. Just going to a community activity is an achievement, even if you don’t get involved in every task or stay until the end.
Whatever helps you can help others too. That’s why people are sharing stories about the amazing things happening in communities.
Read inspiring stories and, if you feel ready, share your story.
For the latest advice about coronavirus and lockdown rules, go to the government website.
Share your story
Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?
We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.