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5 Ways to Cope with Pandemic Re-entry Anxiety – Infographic

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5 Ways to Cope with Pandemic Re-entry Anxiety - Infographic
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What Is Re-entry Anxiety?

Re-entry anxiety is an overall uneasiness or uncertainty about returning to the way things were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Is It Happening?

Re-entry anxiety can come in many different forms. Mental health experts report there are generally two groups of people who experience re-entry anxiety:

  1. Those who worry they will catch or spread COVID-19
  2. Those who find it challenging to reengage in social interactions

Here are some common scenarios that can cause re-entry anxiety:

  • Running essential errands
  • Returning to work in person
  • Having dinner with friends
  • Attending large events

Coping With Re-entry Anxiety

Different people have different coping strategies, but there are some common ways everyone can cope with re-entry anxiety. If you’re feeling anxious as you transition back to your pre-COVID-19 life, consider the following five coping tips:

  • Start small and gradually build up to larger social interactions.
  • Set boundaries by letting other people know what you’re comfortable with.
  • Make a post-pandemic bucket list to shift your thinking from anxious to positive. A lot has changed due the pandemic, but you can focus on the new possibilities.
  • Do what makes you happy, even if only for a few minutes each day. It’s important to regularly engage in something fulfilling for yourself.
  • Take care of yourself and set aside time every day to relax and reset your mind.

Re-entry anxiety can be alleviated when managed in a healthy way. If you’re worried about your mental well-being, please contact a doctor or health professional.

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