The prospect of returning to ‘normality’ is very daunting for me, especially as I’ve spent most of lockdown isolated and alone. I’ve been dreading normality. The thought of returning to pubs, parties, crowds in shopping malls, etc is a nightmare, and so far I’ve not changed my behaviour of mostly staying at home, with occasional trips to a supermarket.
It’s not that I’m scared of catching Coronavirus; I’ve had my jabs and I’m reassured that if I did get it, it would probably be relatively mild, and over with in a few days. It’s just the prospect of returning to crowds, amongst noise and people, that frazzle me at the best of times.
I’ve done some research, and I’m not the only one. This apprehension is called Reentry and there is a lot about it on the internet. See this article https://bit.ly/3yl3l1h
I’d love to see my friends again, but in a quiet way, a bit at a time. I’m not antisocial, just very, very anxious.
Introverts are often creative – artists, writers, etc. We thrive on working alone. So if you know someone like me who is an introvert, and Highly Sensitive (read Elaine Aron and Susan Cain’s books) and please just be patient and kind.