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« on: May 18, 2020, 10:13:26 am »

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For many of us, the idea of travelling on public transport again is about as appealing as another pandemic. But, as the government encourages those who can't work from home to return to their jobs, using buses, trains and tubes might be unavoidable. Face masks and social distancing are both obligatory for safety reasons, but such measures might not stop us from feeling anxious or fearful about the potential implications of return to public transport.

Here, a spokesperson from Anxiety UK shares their insights about how to manage any worries and uneasiness you might have about getting on the bus, tube or train.

Slowly ease yourself back into it

"For anyone feeling panicked or anxious about the prospect of using public transport our advice would be to take it one step at a time. Slowly ease yourself back into the usage of public transport when the time comes. Make journeys during less peak times to avoid big crowds. Stick to the government advice of using PPE such as masks and make sure when you arrive at your destination you wash your hands."

Allow yourself time to get used to this next adjustment phase

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Find coping techniques that work for you

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Don't hesitate to wait if the bus/tube/train looks too busy

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If you find yourself having a panic attack, follow these steps:

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Anxiety UK supports individuals living with or affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression, their caregivers/family and friends through the provision of a wide range of services and information. For more information on any of Anxiety UKs services visit: Anxietyuk.org.uk or contact the national information line on 03444 775 774.



I can't help wondering if - having done a darned good job of causing panic and anxiety about using public transport - it should be very much the government's responsibility to let people know firmly that whilst capacity limited, steps are being taken to ensure that people are carried safely ... providing an environment in which the people they have scared sh**less can start returning.

 
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