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Easing Back into the World

Easing Back into the World

Now that we are getting vaccinated and starting to emerge from quarantine, everyone is ready to parrr-tayyy. It’s exciting, except there’s one catch: you’ve been in quarantine for over a year and diving back into social settings can feel like the opposite of a party. It can be stressful. And your once exuberant personality has morphed into an introvert’s dream.

Taking small self-care steps can be incredibly helpful as you navigate the post-pandemic world. Here are just a few ways you can ease back into the world while protecting yourself and your time:

1. Go slow. It seems like the world is going from zero to sixty. There are events, gatherings, and tons of birthday parties to attend. Be kind to yourself and go slow. Maybe you’re not ready for a huge hang. Instead of hitting up the seven events you were invited to this weekend, make a coffee date with a friend. Or go for a walk with just two friends. Even though jumping back in can seem appealing, you may find yourself anxious and overwhelmed once you are holding a solo cup with ten strangers close-talking in your face without masks. Set up small, time-restricted interactions with your close friends and build from there.
2. Make it manageable. Can’t resist the urge to rsvp “yes!” to every invitation? That is totally understandable, but set up some manageable moments. For example, go to the party, but maybe sneak away for 10 minutes of alone, quiet time every so often to recharge. “I have to grab something from my car,” is an excellent excuse for a break. You can listen to music, practice some calming breathing, or simply sit in silence for a few.
3. Have an out. If you find yourself in a situation that causes you to be anxious, have an out. Like in an airplane, know where the exits are. No shame in going to an event for 30 minutes and then making a graceful exit if you need it.
4. When in doubt, say no. As tempting as it is to stack your social calendar you should be very thoughtful and methodical when saying yes to things. If you get the sense that you may not enjoy it, just say you can’t make it. Last week we discussed setting boundaries. Try some of these tips to protect your mental space. 

Remember: NO FOMO.* There will be more parties. There will be more hangs. Take it slow and do whatever feels right to you. And if you’ve changed over this past year <who hasn’t?!> and you’d prefer to just stay home and read, that’s ok. You do you. [*FOMO: fear of missing out.]

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