With the world starting to reopen, various opinions, approaches and risk tolerance levels abound.
Vacillation is absolutely normal. Being uncertain about safety, reaching a breaking point, wanting to have more social interactions and feeling ambivalent can be daunting.
I invite you to start by being honest with yourself and your immediate family about what you feel comfortable with.
Define and try to identify behaviors that align with your values and coping mechanisms.
Be truthful in your ambivalence with family,
friends and colleagues.
Communicate your feelings and even your ambiguity in what you are willing to do and not do.
Most importantly, be sympathetic. Even if you don’t understand or agree with the choices of others, refrain from judgement.
We all have our reasons, our beliefs, fears and timeframes. This will help keep communication open and allow for gradual (re)connection with those you miss and care about on your terms and within your comfort zone.