The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is the first holiday people can enjoy after most COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
That means a lot of people are excited about getting together for outdoor cookouts. But others are still hesitant about giving up masks and social distancing. University of Arizona behavioral scientist Chris Segrin notes it’s best to understand not everyone shares the same enthusiasm.
“And the important thing to remember is that if someone says thanks for the invitation to the barbeque but I’m going to sit this one out, that’s not a negative commentary on their relationship with you," Segrin said.
Segrin explains the pandemic has created so much sustained stress and anxiety for so long that it will take time for some individuals and families to adjust to the “new normal.” He adds that it can be particularly difficult for those who lost a family member or friend to COVID-19.