Jul 30, 2020
There was a news story about people putting on the masks.
People mentioned symptoms about heart palpitations, can't breathe
and feeling disorientated. Those are some of the symptoms of an
anxiety or panic attack.
You might have to go through a process to be comfortable
wearing a mask. There are a lot of things you can do. In this
episode, a look at some of the things you can do to make peace with
the mask, if you want to.
What am I talking about? Well, some of the things that cause
problems is the fabric of the mask, or how it feels on your skin.
It could be too light or to heavy a fabric.
Or you have feelings that you can't quite express but you
don't like it. And that is ok to acknowledge that. Well, maybe not
on Twitter. But it is also ok to find ways of making it work for
As I mentioned in the podcast, I'm not looking to help anybody
not wear the mask. This is an adult decision. The reasons have been
presented by other sources for and against.
But if you want to wear one and are having symptoms when you
try then it might be something to do with anxiety with the mask or
other issues. That is what this episode is about, to provide
sources to make it easier for you to do.
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or
text “START” to 741-741.
University of Wisconsin's UW Health post on Masks Can Cause Anxiety for Some,
But There is Help. Toward the bottom of the page are videos
with Maura Grasshoff on how to deal with mask anxiety.
From The Mighty, What to Do If You Can't Wear a Face
From BPHope, and post by Julie A. Fast on How I’m
Handling Panic and Anxiety from Wearing a Face Mask in
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