Prepare Ahead of Time
1. Take an inventory of what you can control and what you can’t. You can control things like where you go, whom you see, and if you wear a mask or not. You cannot control how seriously other people have taken the pandemic, or whether or not every single person you will interact with has been vaccinated. Control what you are able to and try and let go of what you can’t.
2. Find a news source that you trust and consistently use that for your updates on what is safe and what is not. Arm yourself with reputable facts to help you feel safe. However, make it a priority to unplug when you can. Do not obsessively refresh websites or newsfeeds this will only add to your anxiety. Unplug and get some fresh air, read a book, or spend some time with your family.
3. Communicate your boundaries with the people with whom you plan on interacting. How each person handled the pandemic's challenges is very personal so unless you express you and your family’s boundaries, others may assume you are comfortable with something you are not. This can help you avoid finding yourself in a situation you are not okay with, which could further contribute to your reentry anxiety. Talk about things like masks, vaccinations, the number of people, and where you will be getting together.