5 ways to deal with pandemic re-entry anxiety
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes much more widely available throughout the country, the topic of returning to personal work, school and other activities is constantly being discussed. However, the country's reopening coincides with the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which accounts for more than half of all COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Returning to life before covid during this latest development can understandably cause feelings of insecurity or anxiety. But we are here to help — so that you can live well and function well — in September 2021.
What is re-entry anxiety?
Re-entry anxiety is an overall worry or uncertainty about returning to how things were before the pandemic. This feeling can be triggered when you meet socially with friends and family, go back to the workplace or pursue other important aspects of social interaction. It can be hard to get back together, but it is important to remember that you are not alone.
49% of American adults are worried about resuming personal interactions, according to the American Psychological Association.
Managing Your Re Impression Anxiety
Different people have different coping strategies, but there are some common ways that everyone can deal with anxiety again. If you are worried about going back to your life before covid-1
- Start small and gradually build up to more significant social interactions. Do not rush into anything.
- Set boundaries by letting other people know what you are comfortable with. There is no reason to apologize for not wanting to do something, so explain clearly how you feel and be respectful of others.
- Make a post-pandemic bucket list to change your thinking from anxious to positive. Much has changed due to the pandemic, but you can focus on the new possibilities.
- Do what makes you happy even if it's just a few minutes every day. It is important to regularly engage in something that fulfills yourself.
- Take care of yourself and set aside time each day to relax and restore your mind.
Re-entry anxiety can be relieved when managed in a healthy way. If you are worried about your mental well-being, contact a doctor or psychologist to ensure that you get the help you need when you return to everyday life.
Cholesterol and you
Did you know that one in three American adults has high cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs it to build cells, but too much can be a problem. Cholesterol passes through the bloodstream into proteins called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins:
- LDL (low density lipoprotein) – known as bad cholesterol – makes up most of the body's cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- HDL (high density lipoprotein) – known as good cholesterol – absorbs cholesterol and transports it back to the liver to be flushed out of the body.
Bad cholesterol can be elevated by certain factors, including obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive alcohol use, and family history. High cholesterol usually has no symptoms, so it is best to have a cholesterol test every four to six years and discuss lifestyle risks with a doctor. high cholesterol. Consider incorporating the following foods to improve your cholesterol:
- Citrus Fruits
- Oily Fish
Breathing Exercises for Anxiety
When you are worried you tend to take fast , shallow breath from the chest. Breastfeeding can result in increased heart rate, dizziness and muscle tension. During abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing, you also take deep breaths instead, which reduces the amount of work your body needs to do to breathe.
If you feel short of breath due to anxiety, try the following techniques to relieve the symptoms:  Equal breathing- From a sitting or lying position, inhale for the same amount of time as you exhale. Try using a four second count.
If these types of breathing feel challenging, try again in a few days or build up the time gradually. If your anxiety persists or gets worse, consult your doctor.
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All of us here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!