Managing Re-Opening Anxiety
How To Manage Social Anxiety After Leaving Quarantine
With most businesses getting the go ahead to reopen from their governors, many people will now be leaving their house for the first time in a while. For most, the simple tasks of leaving the comforts of home to go pick up a loaf of bread at the store or get a quick hair cut at the salon may seem like a daunting task. They may find themselves unable to get the courage to leave their vehicle in the parking lot due to feelings of social anxiety from the thought of contracting COVID-19, and they aren’t alone. It is very common for most people to feel some degree of social anxiety as we are now emerging into a new world. To help alleviate some of these anxious feelings, check out some of these tips:
- Ease into things: Just because everything is open, it doesn’t mean you need to do everything at once. Slow down and go do things at a pace that makes you comfortable.
- Role-play social interactions: If you plan to have a social-distance meetup with a friend for the first time in a while and feel anxious, visualize the interaction in your head beforehand to ease your nerves and remind yourself that you are in control of your life.
Acknowledge your feelings: Practice a little mindfulness to acknowledge what you are feeling at any given moment. This will allow yourself to respect what you are feeling and not let it control you.
Say no: If you really feel uncomfortable in some situations, it is okay to say no. There is no need to feel guilty about it either. Give yourself some credit and recognize that as time goes on and cases decrease, you will start to feel more comfortable with certain social situations.
Although these tips can be very helpful, if you are feeling like you don’t have control in life, reach out to your doctor or a professional for additional help. Remember these tips for the next time you go out and remind yourself that you are probably not the only one who is experiencing social anxiety in this new world.