WEARING a face mask when doing outdoor activities is still a debate in some countries. Some of them feel it is important to prevent the spread of the virus and some feel there is no need to do so.
However, there are also a few who do not want to disobey the mandatory application of the face mask, but the use of masks makes them feel depressed and panicked.
Anxiety or fear when wearing a face mask is also known as mask anxiety.
This fear is a big problem for individuals who have problems with extreme anxiety or claustrophobia (phobia of space or enclosed space).
Psychiatrist, Dr. Brian Barnett said the symptoms of mask anxiety can usually involve a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, and dizziness.
For those who have never experienced these symptoms, mask anxiety can strike unconsciously which makes them more anxious and scared.
Dr. Brian said the problem can be treated with medication and therapy as well as some steps that can be done to reduce fear and anxiety while wearing a face mask.
To ensure that we are not sensitive to the face mask we wear, Dr. Brian suggests getting used to wearing masks at home.
So, there is no problem when it comes to wearing it outdoors because we are already trying to adapt.
Dr. Brian said you should try some types of face masks to identify the types that make us feel comfortable.
And if you want to be more comfortable, you can apply fragrances or aromatherapy scents on the mask as a way to calm you down.