Remember the adage “be careful what you ask for?”
Yay! We can go out! But what if the thought makes you anxious?
What are your boundaries?
Think about what boundaries are in your comfort zone ahead of time. If you are not comfortable dining inside a restaurant, agree to meet outside for coffee. Or avoid restaurants altogether. Meet for a walk or other outdoor activity. It’s okay to say, “This is where I am today. I might not feel the same tomorrow. I’m following the science and my gut.” With your clear articulation of boundaries, hopefully, others will respect your feelings.
What’s happening right now?
Another trait of our nervous system is that it reacts to our thoughts—even when we are thinking about “what-ifs,” as in things that aren’t actually happening in the present. Focus on ways to calm your nervous system before you leave the house. Use the facts. Breathe deeply to stay centered.