I had a panicky feeling while I shopped

@GardenGerty (135263)
United States
June 10, 2021 7:58pm CST
We went shopping in El Dorado in Wal Mart. We are no longer required to wear masks. They are not counting us and limiting our presence in the store. Almost no one was wearing a mask, and that includes me. I kept feeling strange and looking for my mask and reaching to pull it up. It was so different not to be wearing one. I know others had anxiety and panic attacks when wearing the masks, so I found my reaction to be rather strange.
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@kaylachan (21259)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jun
You've gotten used to it, as a force of habit. Like many, you didn't want the thing, but you got used to having to wear one. It'll take a while for the brain to realize.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I do not mind it at stores, I think. At work, since I worked almost exclusively with one student I hardly wore one.
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@kaylachan (21259)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jun
@GardenGerty I think it still kind of applies if you look at it that way. My husbad nd is just glad he doesn't have to wear one at work. If they are pushing masks in october, when he goes for his anual, he's going to ask for a telehelth appoitment because the mask is dangerous for him. I'm lucky he hasn't landed in the ER as a result.
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@sallypup (45294)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Jun
I keep worrying about catching colds etc. so I wore my mask when I bought groceries today. Some folks were not wearing masks.
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@spiderdust (10707)
• San Jose, California
11 Jun
Yeah, I did not mind avoiding colds and flu this past winter!
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
@spiderdust I tend not to get colds often but if I do they are a doozy. I put lavender essential oil on my mask daily and I think it helped.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I may remember to take one when I go in the stores.
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@rakski (92559)
• Philippines
11 Jun
it became a habit now and probably the anxiety that if we do not wear it, we still will get covid
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I really have not been afraid of catching the virus, but it has been nice to be healthier all around.
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@rakski (92559)
• Philippines
12 Jun
@GardenGerty true, to be healthy should always be on top priority
@wolfgirl569 (41438)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Jun
You got used to it.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes, I did. And it seemed kind of busy in there.
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@spiderdust (10707)
• San Jose, California
11 Jun
I'm wondering if I'm going to be that way when the mask mandate is lifted (which may be next Tuesday!) around here. I suspect I'll still be wearing mine at work for a while since I prepare other people's food, and it just seems like a good idea for a little longer.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I probably should wear one when mowing, due to the dust factor.
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@spiderdust (10707)
• San Jose, California
11 Jun
@GardenGerty That's a good idea too!
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@jstory07 (105907)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jun
I am glad we no longer have to wear masks either. In fact next week we are going to the beach.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I think I may still wear one some places.
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@BarBaraPrz (31600)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Jun
Being in Walmart is anxiety-inducing anyway.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
yes, it often is.
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@popciclecold (20928)
• United States
11 Jun
After having to wear on for nearly a year, it feels like something is missing..
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes, it really felt that way.
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@sharon6345 (278180)
• United States
11 Jun
It will become the normal way in a short time. I saw many people without one today.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
You know, I think it should be okay either way.
@sharon6345 (278180)
• United States
11 Jun
@GardenGerty YOur right.
@Fleura (15684)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
It's funny what you get used to!
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
It has become a part of me.
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@divalounger (4259)
• United States
11 Jun
I found out this year that my asthma is so much better when I wear a mask--I may just keep it--
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
There are advantages to the mask and people should be free to wear them if they choose to.
@sallypup (45294)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Jun
@GardenGerty The herd mentality is strong. Nobody wants to look 'weird.' I agree with you all the way.
@CarolDM (138554)
• United States
11 Jun
All about a routine I believe.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes, routine. And security a bit. It seemed as if there was an entire fleet of electric scooters running around and lots of kids and no empty aisles. I need to pick a less busy time.
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@CarolDM (138554)
• United States
11 Jun
@GardenGerty I had to pick up Brendel's collar and was in and out quickly.
@Shiva49 (21643)
• Singapore
11 Jun
Been wearing one for over a year and still do. Not easy later when things are back to normal. The reflex action will be there for a while.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes, we are just getting to open up some. I may continue wearing one when I shop, it was so busy in there. My cashier had one on.
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@LadyDuck (341703)
• Switzerland
11 Jun
We still have to wear masks, I am fine wearing one, I feel safer.
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I think I would, too.
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@marlina (125841)
• Canada
11 Jun
It will take a bit of time to get used to not wear a mask
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@GardenGerty (135263)
• United States
11 Jun
I may still plan on wearing one in stores.