When we have a mask covering our nose and mouth, our bodies may react as if we were in danger. This can lead to panic attack-like responses such as hyperventilating, anxiety, or racing pulse. It is important to remember that anything new is scary at first, but your stress can be better controlled by remembering to keep things in perspective.

How Can You Control Your Breathing When Wearing the Mask?

To ease your anxiety before putting on the mask, try deep breathing first. Inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and then exhale for eight seconds. This will help you slow down your breathing and strengthen your chest muscles to make it easier to breathe with a mask on. Doing regular yoga practice before going to work or the grocery store will make a difference in how you feel.

How Can You Practice Wearing Your Mask?

Start putting your mask on more, even while you’re alone at home. This practice will help you get accustomed to how it feels on your face. Pay special attention to the fact that you can breathe while wearing it. Tell your body that you are doing okay and can breathe well with your face covered.

If you feel like it is still overwhelming to wear it for hours while at work, ask your boss to give you fewer hours. Alternatively, consider stepping outside and removing your mask during your breaks. Increase the amount of time you wear the mask each day to get used to wearing it.

What Can Help Motivate You to Wear a Mask?

Remember that wearing a mask is not meant to be a fashion statement. The protective gear is to protect you and those around you from a deadly virus. No one wearing this mask is entirely comfortable or enjoying how they look when they wear it. Still, it can save lives.

There is nothing to be ashamed of in experiencing anxiety about wearing a mask. This is unfamiliar territory for almost everyone. By practicing deep breathing before putting on the mask and remembering why you have to wear one, you will be able to function normally while wearing a mask.

Wearing a face mask can bring about anxiety if you are not used to having your face covered. Alta Loma can teach you deep breathing exercises to make it easier to wear your mask. The program also includes individualized therapy, recreational activities, medication management, life skills, and more. For more information, please call us at (866) 457-3843.