COVID Reopening – Anxieties -Mental Health

Just a note about my recovery. I am doing great and the therapist believes I only need one more visit. I have put in storage my wheelchair and my walker. I am now able to walk with just a cane. I can do my own shopping and have started to do more of my own housework.

I am fully vaccinated, but I find myself becoming anxious when going out. It is my understanding that this is happening to many. After being forced to stay at home, going out into the public is causing stress for many. Help lines are seeing a steep incline in calls with people concerned about their mental health.

Here in Saskatchewan we still have to mask up in all federal and medical settings. However, I still grab a mask when going into store, like Walmart. I even have a difficult time going to medical appointments. I have grown to like being able to speak to my doctor by phone. I had my first in person appointment with him a couple of weeks ago. Yet, I was nervous about going in. I knew that there would be an empty waiting room, patients are told to arrive just before their appointment. It alleviates patients coming in contact with other patients.

I ask myself, is this my new normal. Will I always be anxious in public spaces. I look south across our border and see the numbers rising with the Delta Variant. Will this variant make it’s way north, has it already arrived? I tell my best friend many times that I think that re-opening is going too fast. Are we heading for another shutdown in the fall? I hope not!

So I ask you, dear reader, are you having moments of nervousness going back out into the public? Do you have reservations about how fast things are returning to a “normal” state? I want to hear how you are feeling, about your thoughts about this post Covid normal.

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  1. Kim McKinney

    Feelings are fine. You’re not always letting it keep you from doing, or at least not all the time. They’re saying now with the new variants mask wearing makes sense. I have a feeling we will see it in our culture for a while. There’s certainly nothing wrong wearing one!

    Since being vaccinated I don’t wear one often. Mostly when I visit my mom in assisted living. They require it. I was busted for taking mine off the other day, but the two of us were alone in her room and she hates us wearing them around her. I mostly wear one, but also want her to see my face sometimes. Alzheimer’s may take her recognition of me away one day. I am not going to speed it up!

    I can see in your writing that you are developing a healthy awareness between what you feel and what science or common sense tells you. That’s great.

    And we all get to hold onto a few quirks. That makes us interesting humans!

    It sounds as though you have a great best friend. He is certainly a great gift.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Kim! Yes, my best friend is more like the big brother I never had. I appreciate everything thing he helps me with.
      I try to keep my feelings in check, yet this nervousness about re-opening has been bothering me. This is why I wrote this post.

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      1. Kim McKinney

        Writing about it is great. That’s usually how I figure all the best stuff out!

        You’re not alone in your thoughts and people on both sides of the coin need to be aware of how the others are feeling. I’m not anxious about it, but know enough that I still remain cautious in certain situations. But if I notice someone who is anxious, maybe I can notice it and I can be more sensitive. We need to work through all this together.

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        1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

          Great point Kim! We all need to be sensitive to how others are feeling about dealing with re-opening.

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    2. Michael B. Fishman

      “And we all get to hold onto a few quirks. That makes us interesting humans!” I never thought those made me interesting. Thank you for the new (to me) perspective! 🙂

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      1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        Michael, yes we are interesting humans! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Much appreciated!

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      2. Kim McKinney

        Oh, I love that most about people. What a boring world if we were all the same.

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  2. Ashley L. Peterson

    That’s fantastic that your recovery is coming along so well!

    The end of this week will make it 2 weeks I had my 2nd vaccine, so I will be considered fully vaccinated and I’ll start going maskless. At this point, anyway, the delta variant has been raging through the large chunk of the population that isn’t vaccinated, so I’m just hoping that people will just get over themselves and get the shot.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Ashley! It is great when people are fully vaccinated. Apparently, according to Canadian stats, Canada ranks high on this list for people fully vaccinated per capita.

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  3. Angie

    That’s great news that you’re recovering so well!

    As for our re-opening, I find I have mixed feelings. I feel anxious and I need to talk myself through it (something I’ve been doing with my anxiety for quite some time now) and I usually end up feeling better afterwards. Those anxious thoughts never really go away throughout the day though. This mostly happens when I go to work and so when I’m anywhere else I find that I’m not as worried. I, too, have enjoyed having appointments on the phone. I had my first in person counselling appointment last week and I didn’t like it as much. I’m interested to see how this will all look in another year.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Hi Angie! It is true about the anxious feelings really never go away. It is great when we learn how to suppress them, so that we can do our daily things.

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  4. Michael B. Fishman

    I’m a bit south and east of you and the Delta variant is here and while it only seems to be hitting people who aren’t vaccinated, as a fully vaccinated person I’m still kind of nervous. I listen to the science and try and take comfort from that, but then I think that the science is only good until the next discovery. So I go about my business and I wear a mask when I’m in places with other people, like the grocery store, drug store, etc., and I try not to obsess over the ‘what ifs’.

    I’m new to your blog so I haven’t read anything about your recovery to this point, but these words, “I am doing great” read really happy and I’m happy for you.

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