Wearing a mask is like an everyday habit for us right now. It is just as natural as putting on clothes before we go out. This is going to feel like that naturally after wearing a mask regularly for more than a year. Now that many of the countries have already released or are soon going to do so, many people are bound to feel awkward without the mask. It had become like a second extension of their body.

This is completely fine and normal. There is a psychological reason behind it as explained by David A. Moscovitch, professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Why Do You Feel Awkward Without A Mask

“Coming out of the pandemic, we may notice that our anxiety level about interacting with people is a bit higher than normal,” Moscovitch tells CNBC Make It. “For example, you might feel like your social skills are rusty or you might feel self-conscious about “revealing ourselves again to other people at a close distance and without masks,” he says.

People with social anxiety may face this problem even more than those who do not have any social anxiety. It is important to make sure that you are comfortable with not wearing a mask when you are going out but at the same time, you need to push yourself to an extent too. We are all in the same boat right now.

“Try to catch yourself when you’re choosing to avoid even when you aren’t being forced to do so by pandemic-related restrictions,” he says. “Do your very best to summon the courage to push yourself to enter those situations and confront your anxiety.”