As the world begins reopening and many people begin to venture out, we might expect the anxiety that affected many of us at the start of the coronavirus pandemic would begin to lift.
Not so fast.
Howard Reznick, Manager, Prevention Education at Jewish Community Services (JCS), explains that as we are moving from a mindset of hunkering down to a “Come out, come out from wherever you are (hiding)” mentality, we are all faced with recalibrating our thinking, even individuals without high risk physical health concerns. We’ve all experienced how stressful life can be when you are vulnerable to a serious illness.
“Our brains typically work on automatic pilot,” he says. “It was so taxing emotionally and cognitively; thinking through all the accommodations we needed to make to shelter-in-place. Now, after we settled in and figured it all out, we are asked to adapt – again – to a new, and ever-changing situation. Many are feeling emotionally exhausted.”