Face masks can make a person feel uncomfortable for many reasons. You might feel like your freedom is being taken away; you may fear getting sick or making someone else sick; and it’s a constant reminder that things are not normal. So, before you demand someone wear a face mask, remember that their subjective experience may be very different from yours, and they may have a good reason for not doing so.
Challenges of Not Wearing a Mask
On the other hand, there are some equally challenging aspects to not wearing a mask. The Covid-19 virus spread rapidly through the air in the tiny water droplets people breathed in and out. These infected droplets traveled quickly via coughs and sneezes, making it challenging when people had to be in confined, crowded spaces with poor ventilation — like a bus, airplane, or classroom.
Wearing a mask in public was part of a strategy to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, and not wearing one, could cause anxiety in people because they feared getting the disease. Studies showed that for exhalation, both surgical and N95 masks are effective in reducing the spread of respiratory diseases. For inhalation protection, air filtering respirators such as N95 masks, which can filter contaminants, bacteria, and other matters from reaching the nose and mouth, are more effective.
After about three years, the mask mandates were relaxed as Covid-19 receded. But even years after its first appearance, the virus is still around, mutating, and infecting people. Thank goodness, it’s not as deadly, and now we have vaccines and medicine to treat it. I have a feeling, it’s here to stay and will always be lurking in the background.
While you may find masks unnecessary at this point, there are still some people you’ll interact with who may have a personal reason for wearing a mask. If you encounter someone wearing a mask, be respectful and kind. As a courtesy, you might want to ask:
- “Would you like me to wear a mask also?”
- “Would you feel more comfortable if we spread out a bit?”
- “Would you prefer it if we opened a window or door?”
Is Your Anxiety About Masks or Life?
Understandably, anxiety can skyrocket when there’s a deadly global pandemic. That’s to be expected when your brain’s top priority is always keeping you safe. For many, the Covid-19 pandemic just added to and increased the anxiety and other mental health issues already present in their lives. At Grey Matters neurofeedback studio, we’ve left the decision of masking up to each of our clients. Whatever you decide, we want you to know that we can help ease your anxiety.
Anxiety begins in your brain and can end there.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback therapy where you learn to control your brain activity to guide it toward more optimal functioning. Neurofeedback can teach any brain to increase its production of calming brain waves permanently. Calm and less anxious can become the default state for your mind and body.
Neurofeedback also successfully improves many other conditions, including depression, autism, ADD and ADHD, brain injuries, OCD, stroke recovery, PTSD, addictions, seizure disorders, migraines, chronic pain, IBS and leaky gut, and more. By fine-tuning the brain’s operation, neurofeedback can improve focus and concentration for anyone. For example, neurofeedback can improve a person’s performance playing a musical instrument or sports or at work or school.
At Grey Matters, we’re passionate about helping people live their best lives by optimizing their brain’s health and function. Contact or call us at (317) 215-7208 today to find out how we can help you.