BBC Worklife asks the question, “Why do we feel uneasy about a ‘new normal’?

Many of us have longed for a return to normal routines, normal interactions, normal life.  But now that stay-at-home orders are beginning to lift, some are beginning to feel anxious about returning to normal life.  ATC’s Dr. Cassiday and Dr. Rosmarin of the Center for Anxiety in New York were asked about some of the reasons that contribute to this sense of unease and what can be done about it.

“Dr. Cassiday says we must also understand that the ‘brain and body cannot tell the difference between a false alarm and a true alarm for danger. It reacts the same to a scary movie as it does to your near miss of being hit by a bus’. By recognizing that anxiety is a signal for a potential danger, and not necessarily an imminent threat to our safety, we can begin to use relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or prayer to abate the feeling.”

 

This post is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose mental health issues or serve as a treatment plan.  It is for the general public and not directed at any one person.