What does that mean?

As things are rapidly changing during the pandemic, it’s okay to feel confused at times. In recent news, the CDC announced that vaccinated people can safely return to most activities without wearing a mask. This can bring up different emotions because everyone’s experience with the pandemic is different. Some people may feel excited about this, while others may feel worried or confused.

Below are some common COVID struggles you may have experienced during the pandemic:

  • Nightmares about being in crowded spaces without masks on
  • Feeling uncomfortable when watching movies/videos with lack of social distance precautions
  • Wiping down and sanitizing frequent locations
  • Trying to stay as far as possible from others
  • Washing groceries after a trip to the supermarket.
  • Scanning for symptoms several times a day

Our minds have been trained to be overly cautious about several things including distance, cleanliness and, of course, the wearing of masks. This is why it’s so important that we give ourselves grace and compassion to reacclimate to this news.

How to cope:

  • Take your time…Work on easing your way back into not wearing a mask. Start off with not wearing a mask while taking a short walk. Check in with yourself, see how it feels for you. Try different activities without a mask throughout the week. This can help you get comfortable with the new changes.
  • Carry your mask with you…Give yourself the choice of wearing a mask or not wearing it – depending on how you’re feeling in the moment. If you ever feel uncomfortable, knowing you have your mask with you may ease some of the anxiety you may be feeling. Also, keep in mind that public spaces like hospitals and public transportation still require masks.
  • Remind yourself that you HAVE choices…Throughout the pandemic, there were many things that we didn’t have control over. However, as things are opening back up, more choices are becoming available to us. You have the choice of wearing your mask until YOU are ready to make the changes.
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