Mrs A And The Brexit Problem

Hello everyone. Today I want to talk about Brexit (again), but this isn’t a political post as such. Rather than debating Brexit, today I’m going to focus on how the uncertainty around it affects my mental health.

So whats happening with Brexit?

At the time of writing this post  a Brexit exit deal has been agreed with the EU. This deal sets out the terms for Britain leaving the EU. It doesn’t however describe what the UKs future relationship with the EU will be. That is yet to be negotiated following our withdrawal on the 29th March 2019, otherwise known as Brexit Day. Following Brexit day if the deal is agreed we will be in a sort of limbo. Having left the EU but not properly. How long this limbo could last is something that’s still up for debate.

The problem is the deal hasn’t been agreed by Parliament yet. In a couple of weeks time they will have a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal. They can choose to accept it, or reject it. Rejecting the deal will result in us leaving the EU on Brexit day with no deal.

A no deal Brexit will likely lead to huge disruption in many areas, food and medication supplies, travel abroad, a rise in the price of any available goods, a slow down of economic growth that could easily lead to a further recession. Dispite all this, the chances of a no deal Brexit look very high at the moment.

How does this affect my mental health?

I suffer from anxiety. Anxious people dont like unpredictability. Rules, structure and familiarity are our friends and make us feel safe. We like to know whats going to happen in every aspect of our lives, be that good or bad so we can plan for things. I’ve written about my need to know what’s going on in posts such as I’m Not A Control Freak, I’m Just Anxious .

In terms of Brexit there is a lot of uncertainty. Even if it turns as wonderful as Mrs May say it will be, there are still going to be a lot of change. And as yet those changes are unknown. If things don’t go Mrs Mays way the experts are predicting all sorts of bad things.

I have to admit I’m quite obsessed with the whole Brexit thing at the moment. Some people don’t get this. I don’t run a business trading with Europe, I dont rely on EU subsidies and I’m not from an EU country, so why should I be so concerned?

My answer to this is I’m concerned precisely because of the uncertainty the whole farcical situation has already brought to our everyday lives.

Budgets

A jar with money in it

This is just one example of how Brexit is causing me anxiety at the moment. A few weeks ago we had the budget. One of the positive things announced was the raising of the single person’s tax threshold raising to £12,500. This should be a good thing. Being the anxious control freak I am, I have already worked out this will mean a whole £3.50 a week extra from April (or if you work on Mr A’s system a whole extra pint a week). The little bit of extra money isn’t really the thing here. What is important is I have a figure and from that I can budget for the coming year. Budgets are good, they make me happy.

But the changes in the budget are due to begin at the beginning of april 2019, days after Brexit day. So in reality it’s a worthless budget.
The chancellor has already said that if things go badly with Brexit he will have to announce an emergency budget. Nothing the government is doing at the moment is set in stone.

So where does this leave me?

Well this is the big question isn’t it. What do I and other similarly anxious people do about the Brexit Problem. On the one hand all those people who have been telling me to ignore it all are right. It’s very true that there’s not a single thing I can do to influence the Brexit outcome now. And further more I can’t make plans myself until something, anything is decided.

However ignoring it really isn’t a viable option. Not knowing what was going on cause me a great deal of anxiety, because my mind can create all sorts of catastrophic scenarios at the drop of a hat. And further more unless I chose to live in a cave with no TV, radio or internet access for the next 6 months I’m going to hear about it on a daily basis.

What I have chosen to do is limit my exposure to it. Avoid speculative posts whether in the news or Twitter and Facebook threads, and limit my news watching to one program a day.

Outside of that I’m trying to focus on the everyday things, enjoying time spent with friends and family and practicing self-care.

Are you finding Brexit is affecting your mental health? Have you any tips on how to deal with Brexit related anxiety?

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22 Comments

  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    December 15, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I am so with you, Mrs. A. Between Brexit, our Twit-iot and everything else in the world, I am left a sullen mess. One minute crying and one minute deep breathing to stop the heart palpatations. I don’t think we have ever experienced a world like ours is now — and I do hope we cna change it! Hugs to you, lovely! #mixitup xoxo

  2. Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    December 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Totally in the ignore camp with all news at the moment. Don’t even want to think about what is going to happen if we leave. Deal or No Deal. #MixItUp

  3. Spectrum Mum (@SpectrumMum_)

    December 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    As an EXPAT living in a European country I am very worried about what it will mean for me and don;t seem to be able to get any firm answers. I think it is a scary time. #mixitup

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 3, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      There are no answers are there, we just have to wait and hope 😔

  4. likeherdingcatsblog

    December 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not going to say I’m really anxious but it is stressful. My huusband works for a large car manufacturer and although he is a manager – his job is potentially in danger (mainly due to the unknowns around Brexit), I hate the fact that I cannot control what is happening and I believe that it’s not going to end well for the normal, working people or people who already struggle.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 3, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      I have a brother who works for British Aerospace. He is facing the prospect of either losing his job, or spending his last 10 working years commuting to France (if he’s allowed to) after brexit. Hes luckier than most being senior management they don’t want to lose him, the shopfloor workers wont be so lucky

      1. likeherdingcatsblog

        December 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        Yes I agree. We can’t relocate abroad as seems to be what they’re pushing as we’ve recently adopted and it’s too much change. Fingers crossed he’s ok after voluntary redundancies etc x

        1. hooks_and_dragons

          December 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm

          Oh, I can understand why. I hope it works out okay for you xx

          1. likeherdingcatsblog

            December 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

            And for your brother and you x

      2. likeherdingcatsblog

        December 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm

        You’re right though. It affects the people who need the work most. I’m waiting for the complaints coming in from the leavers who were warned

        1. hooks_and_dragons

          December 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

          I saw a poll the other day where over 30% og people believed a no deal

        2. hooks_and_dragons

          December 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm

          No deal brexit would just mean nothing changes from what it is now 😖

          1. likeherdingcatsblog

            December 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

            Which makes the whole thing pointless I guess

          2. likeherdingcatsblog

            December 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

            If only people had vote for not voted purely because of immigration lies 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  5. Alice V-DIYerfy

    December 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I live in the USA so it doesn’t directly affect me but I can see how it makes you anxious as there are so many factors that will be affected by Brexit and so many things that will have to be addressed at the same time to keep everything going and ease the worry that people may have when it does happen. #Mixitup

  6. RaisieBay

    December 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I know where you are coming from, it makes me feel anxious too. I think ignoring it as much as possible is the only way. There isn’t really much we can do. I worry so much about what would happen if us Brits did actually get up and do something, would it end up like Paris? x

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      I like to think were more a nation of whingers than revolutionaries thank god

  7. mackenzieglanville

    December 3, 2018 at 11:30 am

    being anxious myself I understand that need to feel in control and the unknown is very anxiety provoking! I don’t know a lot about Brexit being in Australia, I just hope it all works out! #MIXITUP

  8. Sarah Garden

    December 1, 2018 at 12:46 am

    I have been hearing about Brexit in the news over here in the US. We used to live in Germany and I always thought Great Britain was pretty independently stable. I imagine everything will work out all right. It is really interesting to gain your perspective as a citizen living there because we only get to hear what our media tells us and that is usually a pretty limited perspective. I think I would probably feel a little anxious if I was in your situation as well because I also do not like big changes. Good luck! I saw your twitter post with all of your cute crochet items….very lovely!

  9. Millie Baxter

    November 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I know where you’re coming from. It is a bit crazy and I am trying not to stress about it. I have connections with Spain; apart form anything my daughter was born there and the politicians seem to be trying but not succeedng. Media doen’t help as they like extremes and I think you are quite right to reduce your following of it. #MixitUp

  10. The Wandering Pram

    November 30, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I’m a bit in the ignore it camp, I’m assuming someone somewhere will figure it out, and i’ll adapt whatever happens. Im a Brit living in EU with an Irish daughter. But in work we are being asked to make contingency plans and contact suppliers in the UK to ask them their plans, the problem is everyone is equally uncertain so they can’t answer, so our managers are dissatisfied with our plans. It makes it very hard to ignore and be chilled.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      I can imagine how that can be very frustrating x

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