INDIANAPOLIS (DESIRE) – A decrease in the case of coronavirus and the relaxation of many restrictions means that more people gather or go out. It’s a big change from life over the last two years, and it can make some people feel anxious or restless.
Dr. Danielle Henderson, a clinical psychologist with IU Health, says some “COVID anxiety” is possible as things reopen and people start making more plans.
“More events and activities are being planned, and maybe since we did not manage to do them last year or the year before, we feel we have to do it now, otherwise we may miss something,” he said. Henderson. “It can be anxious and overwhelming for people, especially since we’re still in COVID.”
It’s okay to feel nervous or anxious, Henderson says, and it’s okay to take things slow.
“There are probably many events in people’s social calendars over time. You might think, ‘I’ve been invited to many things, but should I go to all these things? Maybe I want to prioritize and then slowly build up to more activities. ‘”
Feeling exhausted after a lot of socializing or after attending an event like dinner with a large group is normal, according to Henderson.
“We’re trying in a way to relearn those skills, and it can be tiring and hard,” Henderson said.