Psychologist talks about returning to a sense of normalcy as the pandemic slows

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – For the first time in years, it may feel like the pandemic is well and truly behind us. While the virus is still here, large gatherings are normal again, but it’s not without hesitation.

Over the past two years, people have adjusted their schedules and daily lives to accommodate advice and follow recommendations throughout the pandemic – but for many people, getting back to normal sparks even more of anxiety.

Dr. Kathleen Young of Novant Health recommends talking to friends and family about how they are coping and using them as a support system going forward.

If you’ve been staying away from large gatherings throughout the pandemic, it’s best to change your routine a little at a time rather than all at once.

“An assumption that I see a lot of this self-care and wellness finding its way into your life, it just fits in. The reality is that in order to truly be able to live your best life, you need to prioritize your self-care and mental health is a big part of that,” Dr. Young said.

Dr. Young says many of his patients are doing much better mentally since they’ve been socializing more – but for some – that’s not the case.

“So we have to start thinking, we’re in that place where we can make decisions where we can start engaging in activities and interacting with people and you know when we do that there’s going to be more risk involved, but then on the other hand, what is the reward that comes with that? And hopefully that means having a more fulfilling life,” Dr. Young said.

And if you’re struggling with this return to normal, Dr. Young also encourages more regular appointments with a therapist or other specialist to help you regain a sense of normalcy in life.

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