Woman has huge smile on her face as she immerses herself in cold water. You can see her shoulders and swimming costume straps. She has her hair tied up and wears a blue, patterned head band. Behind her is green folliage and part of a waterfall, cascading over rocks

Finding joy in movement

TW: brief bit about eating disorders. At School I hated exercise. It was always competitive. Any team related sports made me want to hide in the toilets. Luckily, teachers randomly sorted us into teams, otherwise I would have probably been one of the people who was last to be picked. Even my love for swimming was dampened because of the focus to speed up.

black and white photo filled with a crowd of people mainly turned away from the camera. There is one man at the bottom, front of the photo who is looking in a different direction and you can see half his face

Easing into the ‘new normal’

In England, as lockdown starts to ease, the pressure to go back to pre-pandemic life can cause heightened anxieties. We are now so used to a slower pace of life, social distancing and wearing face masks has become our ‘new normal’. With little still known about what will happen once restrictions have been lifted, it’s understandable that so many of us are starting to experience ‘return anxiety’.