Mental Health Check-in: Ending of Mask Mandates

I thought today may be a good day to do a mental health check-in. 

How is everyone feeling today after the announcement this morning that mask mandates are being lifted in Ontario as of March 21st? My feelings, to be honest are quite mixed right now. 

Having to wear a mask for any great length of time has triggered many anxiety and panic attacks for me but I also know that, although not full proof, my mask that I’ve worn for the better part of two years now which I had specially made for me using both my mantra and logo that I’d created several years prior to the Pandemic as part of my advocacy and healing process has also helped to protect me and others from contracting Covid (not looking for a debate here). Donning this mask has undoubtedly become a reflection of my true authentic self and a perfect way to show my self-expression (See original blog,

https://youareenough712.wordpress.com/2020/07/23/unmasking-our-self-expression-with-a-mask/).

So what now? Do I frame it, put it in a keepsake box, maybe enclose it in a glass case to showcase on my mantel or simply throw it away when I am ready to stop wearing it? 

Either way though, and no matter if you choose to continue to wear a mask or not after March 21st, the key for all of us as we move forward is tolerance and kindness towards each individual’s choices, not shame or stigma for the many people out there who may still want the added layer of protection that comes from wearing a mask or who simply can’t afford to let their guard down yet, especially the most vulnerable or immune comprised amongst us. 

Do you still have mask mandates in place where you live?

So, how are you doing today? 🤪🤔😬😥😘

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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