Research suggests that different threats push different ‘psychological buttons’. New and unfamiliar threats (such as the pandemics and natural disasters) raise our anxiety levels higher than more familiar threats do.
This is due in part to our amygdala - the part of our brain which processes emotions. It plays a role in detecting new things and processing fear.
Your brain is trying to protect you! That’s why you might be feeling anxious and stressed about returning to ‘normal'. But don’t worry - your brain can also change and grow stronger.
Returning to ‘normal’ doesn’t mean going back to how things were, it means adapting to the ‘new normal’