Relationships and social wellness are critical components of our mental and physical health. We need a strong social network to provide support through hardships and everyday challenges. Not only that, but good social wellness helps us to be more resilient and respond better in the face of stress.
The emotional drainage that occurs after a year of isolation can fuel social anxiety. It is okay if the idea of returning to your pre-pandemic social life - both work and personal - feels daunting to you. You have spent over a year adapting to an entirely new reality, one filled with fear and uncertainty, so it’s normal to now feel uncertain about what you initially thought would feel more liberating and exciting.