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Returning to Normal: Coping with Pandemic Re-Entry Anxiety

Coping with Pandemic Re-Entry Anxiety

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With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, there is more talk of reopening the country and going back to in-person work, school, and other activities. For many, this change may lead to feelings of re-entry anxiety.

Re-entry anxiety is an overall uneasiness or uncertainty about returning to the way things were before the pandemic. Feelings could be triggered when returning to the workplace, meeting up with family and friends, or pursuing other important aspects of social interaction. It can be difficult to get reacclimated.

It is completely normal to have some degree of anxiety as you begin to get back to the pre-pandemic activities. The important thing is to focus on what you can control and only partake in activities and interactions you’re comfortable with.

Here are 5 anxiety coping tips if you’re feeling anxious about transitioning back to your pre-COVID-19 life.

  1. Start small. Don’t rush into anything. Reintroduce activities slowly and build up to larger interactions.

  2. Set boundaries. Make sure you know what you’re comfortable doing and let other people know your boundaries.

  3. Focus on what you’re excited to do again. Getting back to normal isn’t going to happen overnight but having a plan of action can help you feel in control and minimize feelings of hopelessness. Consider making a post-pandemic bucket list to focus on the new possibilities.

  4. Accept that a lot has changed. Acknowledge that circumstances have changed due to the pandemic. Accepting that change is a part of life can help you move forward.

  5. Take care of yourself. Set aside ample time to sit back, relax, and reset your mind.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, take a minute and listen to your body. Notice your breath and how your body is reacting. Remind yourself that you’re in control. And if you find yourself struggling with severe anxiety or anxiety that interferes with your daily life, consider reaching out to a mental health professional.

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”