Returning to Normal After Pandemic: Tips to Reduce Anxiety

As more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and social activities slowly resume, the elephant in the room is that some people experience anxiety with regard to going back to normal. Many individuals worry about their safety, while others start to get fearful about future face to face situations (a.k.a. social anxiety).

In fact, nearly half of the people who participated in a survey conducted by the American Heart Association said they feel uneasy about in-person interactions, regardless of vaccination status.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Life changes are commonly associated with anxiety, panic and stress, but these may lead to symptoms that may also negatively affect your health for the long-term, especially your heart and brain. Some of the most common signs and symptoms may include the following:
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling restless
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems
  • Sweating

10 Tips to Reduce Anxiety About Going Back to Normal

If you’re anxious or worried about returning to pre-pandemic activities, here are some of the things you can do:
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1. Continue wearing a face mask in public areas.
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2. Continue practicing social distancing.
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3. Sanitize or wash your hands frequently.
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4. Meditate to slow down and clear your mind.
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5. Try breathing exercises to release physical tension and drop your heart rate.
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6. Eat a healthy, balanced diet to help keep your blood sugar level normal.
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7. Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
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8. Exercise to sweat the worry out.
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9. Do something you love (i.e. painting, singing, etc.) to distract yourself.
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10. Talk with a doctor to understand if you need medication or counseling.

Final Thoughts

Anxiety is a normal emotion. However, too much of it can become a medical disorder which may also pose a threat to your overall well-being. If you’ve already tried several things to control your anxiety but nothing seems to work, regardless if it’s about the pandemic, going back to normal or something else, please do not keep it to yourself. Speak with a doctor to prevent further health issues that this may cause. We’re here for you.

American Heart Association
National Institute of Mental Health
Harvard Health Publishing

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