As lockdown lifts and we go back into the world, it’s normal to feel “re-entry anxiety’’, says the leading psychotherapist Julia Samuel. Her new podcast, A Living Loss: the Art of Losing and Finding Yourself — about the grief we feel when our lives undergo abrupt change that we can’t control — couldn’t be more timely. But, says Samuel, who was a close friend of Princess Diana and remains a mentor to Princes William and Harry, we can help ourselves negotiate this challenging time.
Surely we should be keen to get back to normal? Samuel says: “We’re wired to look for danger and in the modern day, that’s anything unfamiliar. So it takes as much psychological energy to unlock as it did to lock down.