Ayda Field is ‘kinda scared’ of going out in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 43-year-old actress – who has Teddy, 9, Charlie, 7, Coco, 3, and Beau, two, with husband Robbie Williams, has spent so long with just her immediate family during the global health crisis that she understands “freaked out” en masse.
Speaking on her podcast ‘Postcards from the Edge’, she said: “Going outside is even scarier for me now.
“I went to a flea market a few months ago and there were a lot of people and it freaked me out…
“I think part of what happened to us when we were home is that we canceled out some of those unstable moments where we were just floating in a zone to just lock down and be safe.”
However, Ayda is doing her best to overcome her fears and live her life the way she used to.
She said: “And now we kind of have to find a new way and it’s interesting because I still feel like I’m still crawling out of that zone, I’m kind of still afraid to go out into the world like I used to have to.
“I missed some of my own hustle and bustle. I’m still trying to evoke that feeling because I’m still in a safe zone. I know it’s important to step out because it kind of makes you feel alive. You feel like a participant in the world.”
The former ‘Loose Women’ star admitted the pandemic has caused her and her husband to reevaluate their priorities and plan to be more selective in their work.
She said: “I think both Rob and I have decided that actually what it means is to work less and be together more, not to work less than to accomplish fewer things, it just means choosing the things that you do to be mindful of what you’re doing because you realize that the time we have together is so incredibly precious.
“I think we can both walk away with the work and play these future films, move away from our present and get involved and we do that and then we’ll do that.
“And then, before you know it, you’ve gone three years and missed that time and you’re like, ‘What was that for?’
“I think there’s definitely something we’ve walked away with that comes with a price of its own as no one can take our happiness away from us. There is no job, there is nothing we want to achieve that is worth taking our luck from.
“And we realized how happy it makes us to be together as a family and to spend more time together. So we should remember that in the future.”