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University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. Masks Can Cause Anxiety for Some, But There Is Help. 22 July 2020, www.uwhealth.org/news/masks-can-cause-anxiety-for-some-but-there-is-help-w/53442
What does this mean?
- Some people may feel anxiety when they wear masks, can’t see other people’s faces, or see someone without a mask or wearing one inappropriately.
- Anxiety can have physical components and symptoms such as rapid heart rate, trouble breathing, dizziness, sweating, and other sensations.
- Identify that you are experiencing anxiety and it is a normal response to the situations above. Say or think calming statements such as “this will pass” or “I am safe and I will get through this”.
- Take slow, deep breaths slowly in through your nose and out your mouth.
- Focus on the present. Anxious thoughts can cause you to overthink about the “what ifs” of wearing a mask.
- Get comfortable with your mask by wearing it at home for short periods of time and taking breaks if you feel anxious. Try building up to longer periods of time.
- Find a mask that is the right style and fit for you!