5 Way to Overcome COVID Cave Syndrome and Get Back Out in the World

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Does COVID-19 have you feeling like you are stuck in a rut or feeling anxious about getting out into the world?

The Doctors explain that feeling is called COVID cave syndrome, and it is real and causing some people -- even those who are vaccinated -- to continue to isolate themselves.

Psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli says a recent poll found that 50 percent of Americans are fearful about getting back to pre-COVID activities. Some tips to help you overcome the fear of leaving your COVID cave:

- Remember COVID cave syndrome is legitimate, real, and perfectly okay to feel apprehension. "You're going to get through it," Dr. Sportelli says.

- Focus on the positive and remember what, who and where brought you joy, excitement, and fun. 

- Ease back into your pre-COVID activities and routines, "When you're ready you'll progress," he says.

- Curb your expectations and remember getting back out into the world might feel difficult and stressful (Find out how to relieve stress with these amazing 5-minute self-care practices) "Have some expectations that it might not be super easy and be ready for it. And that is okay," the psychiatrist shares.

- Don't compare yourself to other people and remember everyone was affected by the pandemic in different ways and varying degrees of trauma, whether that was losing a job or a loved one. "You got this," Dr. Sportelli adds.

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