24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
A Routine Skin Check Could Save Your LifeGive Others Help, Get Back Health Benefits: StudySocial Media Tied to Higher Risk of DepressionAHA News: Getting Better Overall Sleep Might Be the Key to Better HealthAHA News: Intermittent Fasting May Protect the Heart by Controlling InflammationProtecting Your Skin From Sun Won't Weaken Your Bones: StudyAHA News: Is 10,000 Steps Really a Magic Number for Health?Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental HealthThere May Be a 'Best Bedtime' for Your HeartIt's Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm BatteriesAfter Clocks 'Fall Back' This Weekend, Watch Out for Seasonal Mood ChangesNo 'Fall Back'? Sleep Experts Argue Against Daylight Standard TimeAHA News: How Doctors Can Help Their Patients Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle ChangesAHA News: 'Balance' Is the Key Word in New Dietary Guidance for Heart HealthFitter in 1820: Today's Americans Spend Much Less Time Being ActivePandemic Uncertainty Keeping Americans in Limbo: PollAHA News: Your Next Doctor's Prescription Might Be to Spend Time in NatureAHA News: Carrying a Tune Could Lead to Better HealthAmericans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed FoodsFDA Reduces Recommended Salt Levels in Americans' FoodMen, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic LockdownsIntense Workouts Right Before Bed Could Cost You SleepAHA News: How You Feel About Your Place on the Social Ladder Can Affect Your HealthHow to Sleep Better During the PandemicDealing With Grief in the Time of COVIDWould More Free Time Really Make You Happier?All Those Steps Every Day Could Lead to Longer LifeGot 'Zoom Fatigue'? Taking Breaks From the Camera Can HelpTrying Out a New Skin Care Product? Test It FirstDon't Forget to Apply Sunscreen Before & After Water FunFeel Guilty About 'Useless' Leisure Time? Your Mental Health Might SufferA Little Wine & Certain Foods Could Help Keep Blood Pressure HealthyWant That Healthy Skin Glow? These Foods Can Get You ThereSit All Day for Work? Simple Step Can Cut Your Health RiskTry These 3 Tips to Lose Those Pandemic PoundsTake This Refresher on Skin Safety in Summer SunAll Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye ProtectionThe Heat Is On: Staying Safe When Temperatures SoarDaylight Saving Time Change Toughest on Night OwlsMoney Can Buy Americans Longer Life: StudySleepless Nights Can Quickly Mess Up Your EmotionsSoaring Temperatures Bring Heat Stroke DangersShining a Light on SunscreensAnother Fireworks Hazard: Loss of HearingFireworks Deaths Spiked in Pandemic; Stay Safe This 4thSleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy LifeAHA News: Embraceable, Healthy News: Hugging Is BackSurvey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're HappyEven Good Weather Didn't Lift Lockdown Blues: StudyWhy Music at Bedtime Might Not Be a Great Idea
Links
Related Topics

Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management

Not Ready for Post-Pandemic Mingling? Expert Offers Tips to Ease Anxiety

HealthDay News
by Cara Murez
Updated: Jun 9th 2021

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While some people may be ready and eager to reconnect with family and friends at social gatherings post-pandemic, it's OK to feel apprehensive.

As restrictions loosen because infection rates are plummeting and more people are getting vaccinated, many people are experiencing feelings that they didn't expect -- such as anxiety about returning to social situations, according to a psych services expert.

"For some people, these changes are exciting, and for other people, they're daunting," said Dr. Itai Danovitch, chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

It's normal to struggle with change, even when it's positive, Danovitch said. After so many months spent at home, returning to the workplace or attending a family barbecue can cause many to feel worried, anxious or even panicked.

"Fear or anxiety is normal," he said in a center news release. "We feel things for a reason, and anxiety is basically a threat response."

These feelings will vary from person to person. Even one individual's perception may change from day to day.

It is possible to work through these feelings, Danovitch said. He suggests that people take the time before a social event to think about exactly what parts of the upcoming interaction make them anxious, then strategize about what they can do to work through their concerns.

"Think about what factors are within your control," Danovitch said. "For example, if you have concerns about an upcoming event or a gathering, talk to the host about those concerns early. Get the information you need to make a decision about your comfort level, and don't be afraid to communicate that decision."

This may mean having to limit the time spent at a social gathering or even declining an invitation.

"We need to have honest conversations with each other," Danovitch said. "It takes a certain amount of bravery and courage to do that, to be honest about how you feel, because there's risk of being misunderstood."

These feelings aren't always a sign of an anxiety disorder, he said. They may just be trepidation or shyness that will be alleviated over time.

That's not the case when anxiety and fear cause dysfunction, impairment or severe distress. For those who struggle with social anxiety to the point where it impedes their lives, Danovitch recommends talking to a primary care provider about care and treatment options.

"For example, if you're so anxious about returning to work, which is a social setting, that you're not coming into work at all," he said, "if you are having recurrent panic attacks, or if your anxiety is persistent, pervasive and affecting your function, then it makes good sense to seek professional help. Anxiety disorders are very common, and there are a number of effective treatments available to address them."

More information

The Anxiety & Depression Association of America has more on social anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOURCE: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, news release, June 7, 2021