Conscious Community Segment: Anxiety and Relationships in a Post-COVID World

May 19, 2021

As an ever-increasing portion of the population becomes vaccinated and fewer people are required to wear masks, it can be difficult to process the changes in COVID protocols and what constitutes a safe environment on a day-to-day basis. Other accompanying changes such as crowded public spaces and a rise in traffic can trigger anxiety, irritability, and feelings of being overwhelmed.

In today’s Conscious Community Segment episode we focus on two key issues that are being experienced as we transition back to life and work after the isolation of the pandemic, namely anxiety and relationship strain. Many of us have been experiencing anxiety which can manifest in a variety of ways, such as adrenal exhaustion being mistaken for a panic attack. Relationships have also taken tremendous strain under the unprecedented pressures of the pandemic, often resulting in an uneven balance of exchange.

As we navigate the easing of restrictions it’s important to monitor how you are responding to these changes emotionally and physically. In this solo cast, Dr. Sharon Spano discusses how to approach a return to life and work, while remaining mindful of one’s responses after more than a year of living in a continually stressed state. Join us today for helpful strategies and more information on the topics discussed.


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The many ways that anxiety can manifest depending on your personality and context.
  • How adrenal exhaustion can be mistaken for a panic attack.
  • Anxiety is a symptom of trauma being trapped in the body.
  • An introduction to the work of Dr. Peter Levine and his work on the somatic release of trauma in the body.
  • How to cope with the transition into less strict COVID measures after living in various degrees of isolation for the past fourteen plus months.
  • Monitoring your feelings physically and emotionally as you navigate busier spaces with more people.
  • Why you’re likely to be more irritable or anxious in situations with large amounts of people.
  • Why it’s important to practice patients with people as you go out into the world.
  • Navigating the increase in traffic that accompanies the easing measures of lockdown.
  • Why it’s important to acknowledge the difficulties you have faced so as not to create a frozen state of anxiety that will cause you health issues in the future.
  • Making sure you seek out help if you are experiencing debilitating symptoms.
  • Addressing the grief that many people are going through as a result of the COVID pandemic.
  • How to approach personal relationships that have been affected or drastically altered by the pandemic.
  • The balance of exchange in personal relationships and strategies for addressing imbalances.

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