Some people have embraced the reopening. As far as they’re concerned, the pandemic is winding down, and they’re happy to be out and about without a care in the world. And God bless ’em!
But if you’re not quite sure about the whole thing… if a year in “quarantine” has you nervous about heading back out… if you’re just plain on edge over the idea of being stuck in a crowd… you’re NOT alone. And rest assured, there’s NOTHING wrong with you.
A new report shows how millions of Americans are suffering from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. They’re calling it post-pandemic stress.
But there IS a way to ease back into “normal” life without suffering from frayed nerves, extra anxiety, and all-around stress. And trust me, you CAN do this.
Post-pandemic stress is perfectly normal
First, the good news. The coronavirus does appear to be on the run in the United States. Caseloads are plunging to lows we haven’t seen since the dawn of the pandemic.
People are going back out to movie theaters, ballparks, restaurants, theme parks, and more. And if the pictures on the news are any indication, there are plenty of people who have zero qualms about getting right back into the middle of the action.
Now for the bad: There are STILL millions of folks who are nervous about engaging in any kind of public activity with large groups (and in some cases, even small ones).
In fact, after a year of global chaos, a new report in HealthDay Now finds widespread lingering stress and anxiety even among fully vaccinated people. Some are nervous. Many are still mourning lost loved ones. Others are simply unhappy with how life has changed over the last year.
Many folks have found they can’t simply flip a switch and get comfortable out in public again. Which has led to this new form of PTSD. If you’re one of them, I’ve got some tips to help overcome it.
Conquer your post COVID anxiety
First, realize any anxiety you have right now is perfectly normal and totally acceptable. There is nothing to apologize for or feel bad about.
Second, if you’re NOT comfortable doing something yet, then don’t do it. There’s no need to rush anything or pressure yourself. You’ve waited this long. You can wait a little longer.
Third, there are natural therapies for fighting stress and anxiety that could come in handy right now. These include herbal teas as well as herbal supplements such as Rhodiola Rosea and ashwagandha. (Click here to discover 12 more adaptogenic herbs that can help you conquer stress.)
And fourth, consider easing back into the “new normal.” Don’t try to make a big splash by heading to a crowded concert or mall. Instead of ripping off the band-aid, try to settle back into old and familiar routines, whether it’s Tuesday night bridge games, coffee with your friends, or something else that ended suddenly last March.
You might find these old habits fit you like your favorite, well-worn pair of pajamas. And that comfort level can help ease you back into your old lifestyle.
Still, feeling a bit anxious? Grab an orange and do THIS.