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How To Stay Safe and Protected In A Busy Supermarket During The Coronavirus Crisis

If you are an anxious and easily stressed-out person who is extremely concerned about catching coronavirus, there are a number of steps you can take that will help you to feel safe and protected when you go shopping for groceries in your favourite busy supermarket. You are probably aware that there are more shops open now, that were shut during the lockdown, and as a result there will be even more people out and about who might be pushing and shoving where you intend to go.

Always make sure, that when you go grocery shopping, you wear a cloth or fabric facemask to protect yourself and to protect others. You will feel so much safer, and more protected and more comfortable about coronavirus, when you are in close contact with other people as you go up and down the aisles and while you are queuing in line at the till. A facemask will prevent you from breathing in droplets from the air, and this will help to stop the spread of the virus.

Plan to go when you think the supermarket will be less crowded and less busy. You might prefer to go early in the morning, but check that it will not be an hour slot for the disabled, the elderly, or NHS staff. You could go in the evening, perhaps when they are due to shut, or during the school run or the rush hour. Doing this will help you with social distancing, because it will be easier to keep your 2 metre distance from other people in the supermarket.

Before you go shopping, check through the food that you have in the house already, and make a very clearly written list of all the things you need to buy. This will save you a lot of time when you are in the supermarket, and if you have this list you can do all the shopping much more quickly. If you know the shop very well, and you know which aisle each item is in, write the list in aisle number order. Having a list will also reduce the amount of contact you have with supermarket staff such as cashiers, and all the other shoppers.

You will need to think carefully about the weather, and the fact that all supermarkets now demand that customers wait outside in a queue before they are let in one by one. However, when it is very cold, or pouring with torrential rain or during a thunderstorm, some supermarkets in the UK are experimenting with ways of keeping customers dry while they queue. Customers will be allowed to park their car, log in to a virtual queue online and sit in their car while they queue, rather than having to stand waiting outside.

When you are actually in the supermarket, be aware that not every single person there will be following the rules. There will be a lot of customers who simply cannot be bothered to follow the 2 metre arrows that are painted on the shop floor for people to stand on as they go round the aisles. They may simply be in a hurry, and might push against you and cough or sneeze nearby. Just be aware that there might also be some panic-buying going on as well, and people might get involved in a sort of fight to get the last tin of own-brand tomatoes from a shelf. Be constantly cautious and constantly aware of what you are doing at all times when you are shopping, and what you are touching. Use any hand sanitizer provided and do things like sanitize the trolley handle.

And then, when you finally get home again, you can use a disinfectant wipe to wipe down glass containers and things like tins of soup. Wash your hands before you put everything in the cupboard, refrigerator, or freezer.

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How To Deal With Anxiety During Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Just as you thought that the lockdown restrictions were coming to an end, and you would get your life back as it was before, the UK Government started to say that everyone must continue to abide by the rules and follow all the current ones as well as the many other changes that will come.

As an anxious person who is already feeling extremely stressed out about things such as when you can and cannot leave your house, and social distancing, you are no doubt feeling even more afraid now than ever before. You have spent several weeks feeling that you were “shut in the house”, and now you are probably feeling even more confused about what you can and must not do. There are now more people in the shops that are open, and more cars on the road.

Some people may be celebrating the easing of the lockdown restrictions because they see each change as a step towards the new normal. However, other people like yourself are feeling anxious, fearful, and terribly distressed about what else is going to be changed, and even more so about how all these different changes are going to affect them personally. Examples of recent changes are “You must wear a facemask when you are flying on a plane”, and “You must not walk around the cabin when you are flying on a plane”. Immediately, the anxious person thinks, “Where do I buy a facemask, and how much do they cost?”, and “What about my circulation problems that I get when I sit for several hours?”. These anxious people are simply terrified of going out of their very own front door and stepping out into the unknown.

Gentleman Wearing A Covid Facemask

It is perfectly understandable if you have many different anxieties about the current environment. One of the most important things is to remember to do things one step at a time, and just take every day as it comes. Deal with each particular worry at a time. For example, if you are particularly worried about the changes in the way people have to shop, go to one where you know you will feel alright. Do not go to a supermarket “extra”, but go to a smaller “express” shop to buy your groceries. They may well have wider aisles and they will have less people in them now. You will have to join a queue of other shoppers before you are allowed in, and you will have to stand 2m away from the other people in front of you and behind you in the queue. An operative will only let one shopper in the shop at a time, and once you are in you have to follow the queue and keep your distance. The floor will be marked with arrows designating a one-way system which you must follow around the shop. You go to a till or the self-service area to pay, and then come straight out again, whereupon the operative will let another person in the shop.

Lady Heading For The Supermarket Entrance To Go Shopping

You will not be the only person feeling anxiety about the easing of the lockdown changes, because they will affect everybody, and there will be hundreds of people feeling anxious and afraid about all the different changes.

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