(CNN)Just before the lockdown began, London-based writer Valentina Valentini made the choice of a lifetime: She agreed to marry her partner. She didn't think twice about it.
A few weeks later, Valentini was struggling with pandemic-related anxiety that made even the most basic decisions seem daunting.
"It was just sort of this anxiety around everything," she said. "Sometimes it can manifest itself in the smallest ways, like 'I don't know what to eat right now.' I can't choose the simplest thing."
Experts say Valentini is not alone in her anxiety and the paralyzing indecision it can cause.