How Can Folks with Anxiety Disorders Navigate a World Shaped by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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For all of us, it has been a trying 18 months. From sheltering in place and isolating from loved ones to learning how to work from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll in myriad ways. Undoubtedly, many folks have noticed changes when it comes to their mental health and wellness, including increased instances of anxiety and depression. 

While the Delta variant poses a new threat to public health and our communities, the vaccine rollout has allowed some Americans to find some kind of footing in the world again — even if that just amounts to grabbing a coffee, seeing friends at the park, or visiting the grocery store. For many, getting some of those small things "back" has felt euphoric, but that feeling certainly isn't shared by all. 

For folks who live with anxiety disorders, that euphoria might not be a reality. Undoubtedly, the pandemic — and the way it reshaped our lives — brought its own challenges, especially for folks with mental illness. But the idea of returning to a new normal? That certainly comes with its own sort of anxiety-inducing notions and triggers. Roughly 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder and, if you are one of them, you may be wondering how to navigate this reshaped world in a way that feels safe — that feels doable — and we're here to provide support if you need it.