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