With the vaccines rolling out and the world slowly preparing to reopen, it can bring on a lot of conflicting and confusing emotions including anxiousness.

This is understandable, as we spent the whole year trying to protect ourselves and others from this virus. The idea of even being around people can be daunting. Going back into the office for work or meeting up with friends might not seem as pleasant of an idea due to the rise of uncomfortable feelings. Here are some ways to cope with re-opening anxiety.

1. Remember everyone has their own comfort level.

Try not to compare your level with anyone else’s. Check-in with yourself first about your limits and boundaries. Figure out what you are comfortable with then plan accordingly to those standards.

2. Remind yourself how much you’ve already managed to adapt to.

Look at how resilient you’ve already been. There is no right way to respond to this because we have not been in a pandemic during our lifetime. Give yourself some credit and grace!

3. Continue to follow the rules set out by government and health officials.

4. Focus on the things you can control instead of the things you cannot control.

For example, you may not be able to control when you go back into work, however, you can control the precautions you can take while being out including wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others.

5. Be mindful of COVID-19 grief…Many people have lost a loved one during the pandemic.

Some people may be excited about reopening while some people may be mourning a loss. Keep in mind, the challenges COVID brought on and check-in with each other about ways to connect and support one another as the world is constantly changing.

6. Seek a greater meaning- Finding greater meaning during tough times can be crucial to healing.

Whether it is connecting with a source of faith or volunteering out in your community, reflect on ways to be able to do something that is a little bit bigger than just yourself!

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