Anxiety: Managing post-pandemic social anxiety
Your favorite aunt is having a birthday party with 50 guests and
invites you to come; your roommate from college asks you to hang out
at the bar; you went to the park with your kids and it is crowded with
other families. Do these situations give you pause and uncertainty?
Are they causing you uncontrollable worry? It’s possible you could be
dealing with post-pandemic social anxiety. As different numbers go
up and down, and restrictions change it can become easy to be
anxious in social situations.
A few tips for helping to manage your anxiety are:
Deep Breathing: Breathe in deep from your diaphragm and release. Take several deep breaths over the span of 20-30 seconds.
Take a break: a few minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes to step away from the situation.
Try Grounding! Place both feet flat on the floor. Point your toes up and down several times. Spend a moment noticing the sensations in your feet.
Set Boundaries: Do what is okay with you and say no to what is not okay with you.
If your anxiety/worry is preventing you from completely day-to-day
activities seek help from a licensed clinician.
Until next time stay motivated.