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How To Cope With Anxiety About Re-Entering The Art World
Just Breathe!
Art Girls Jungle 09 Mar 2021

Galleries and museums are beginning to open, and lockdowns are easing again. Finally, some of us might be able to partially escape zoom and re-enter the art world. But let’s be honest, most of us are kind of nervous. Do we even know how to socialise anymore? A little anxiety about returning to the IRL world is normal, but here are a few tips to help you feel a little better and ease those nerves about re-entering the art world!

Do Your Research

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Before entering a gallery for the first time in forever, check their website and social media to see what measures they have in place. If you know what to expect, you’ll feel better about going there. It’s also a good idea to check these things since many businesses have changed their opening hours. You don’t want to be surprised!

Pack Your Bag

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Just like you used to pack your school bag at the beginning of the school year, take the same care and attention into prepping your handbag for the new return to work. Your needs now are very different to what you had last year, and it’s good to be prepared. Make sure you have extra masks and hand sanitizer so you’re ready to face the art world!

Plan Your Route

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Given the changes that have taken place in our lives over the last year, you may well wish to take a different route to work than you might have used before. It’s an idea to rethink how you are going to get to your destination so you are calm and relaxed. 

Remember Why You’re Going Out In The First Place

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Think about why you’re going to your destination. Having purpose will help you evaluate whether it’s worth it, and also give you that push to get you where you need to go!

Ring Ahead

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If you’re super nervous, call ahead and have a chat with your colleagues about your concerns. It’s best to be honest in these circumstances and nobody will think you’re being oversensitive. If you talk it through, you can decide what the best approach is for you and your team. In fact, they may have the same questions as you!

Allow For Anxiety 

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Don’t beat yourself up about feeling anxious! A lot has changed and if you felt totally OK, we’d probably be more worried. It’s totally fine to feel daunted about returning to “normal”, just take a deep breath. You’ve got this!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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