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Anxious about the end of lockdown? You're not the only one

As normal life resumes, many people are feeling it is too much, too soon

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Daunting: Photographer Andraya Tighe feels under pressure to resume normal life. Photo: Andrew Downes

Daunting: Photographer Andraya Tighe feels under pressure to resume normal life. Photo: Andrew Downes

Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

Daunting: Photographer Andraya Tighe feels under pressure to resume normal life. Photo: Andrew Downes

It's a bit like waking from a disturbing dream. As you open your eyes, the outlines of the room and the furniture are familiar, the world looks more or less unchanged, but everything feels unmistakably different.

And so it is as we emerge after lockdown. A bit disorientated, a bit out of step. For months now, the scope of our daily lives has shrunk down to fit inside the four walls of our home.

But suddenly, the doors are to be flung open again. Life in parks and shops and cafes will resume. We can stop and chat on the street, catch the Dart into town, or spend an afternoon trying on jeans.