Exploring the Anxieties of Emerging from Lockdowns & Simple Strategies to Support Reconnecting

Are you anxious about coming out of your lockdown cocoon and reconnecting as ‘normality’ returns? Worried your social skills will have taken a dive? Feeling like you’re the only one not looking forward to socialising again?

The reality is that many people are experiencing anxiety about a post-pandemic return to ‘normal’. As much as we have all said we cannot wait for the pandemic to be over, people who have never felt socially anxious before are now experiencing this. Confidence is like a muscle after all – we have to keep using it to keep up our strength.

And for those of us who often feel socially anxious, well, we have spent the past 18 months well and truly in our comfort zones, and without our support networks that were previously helping us to gently stretch us comfort zones and show up a little braver in life. The thought of reconnecting in-person with family, friends, co-workers, shop workers, strangers on the street and elsewhere can be quite overwhelming, especially on top of the worries about dealing, once again, with meeting the societal expectations that are so clearly aren’t created for the quieter, more introverted, sensitive and anxious people amongst us (despite us being a the majority of the population!).

So in this video, we will be discussing together the realities of emerging from the tough pandemic restrictions and lockdowns we’ve experienced over the last year or so. You’ll hear that you’re not alone, broken or weird because you feel this way. In fact, it’s perfectly normal to feel this anxious. You’ll be exploring with us some of the common fears and challenges that are coming up for all of us right now and looking at techniques and approaches that can support you to ease yourself back into a new way of being.

Go slow and practise self-compassion as you reconnect with the world, alongside everyone else. If you would like some support to reconnect join the Quiet Community to walk this path alongside like-minded people. You can also download a comfort zone stretch guidebook here.


  • Hayley Stanton

    Hi, I’m Hayley - the original quieteer. I, too, identify as a quiet person. I’m naturally a highly sensitive introvert and I love and appreciate my quiet strengths now, but I spent much of my life not feeling good enough and experiencing social anxiety. I missed so many opportunities because I was afraid of being judged harshly, criticised and rejected – and because I doubted that I had the ‘right’ personality to succeed. Quiet Connections exists in part because I had a fantastic coach who helped me to work through old patterns of keeping myself small and hidden so that I could show up and be seen to play my part in creating the more connected, curious and compassionate world that I dream of. Now, I’m passionate about helping quiet people discover their unique qualities, gifts, passions and experiences and explore how best to use these to express themselves more authentically and contribute to the world in a way that works with their quieter or more sensitive nature. Get to know me here.

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