What To Say To People Who Say You’re Being ‘Too Safe’ Amid COVID-19

What To Say To People Who Say You’re Being ‘Too Safe’ Amid COVID-19

It’s no secret people have different approaches to health and safety as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic. While many are heeding public health experts’ advice to stay home and avoid gathering with those outside their households on Thanksgiving, others are still planning large dinner parties that violate pandemic safety guidelines. Some couples are still



It’s no secret people have different approaches to health and safety as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic.

While many are heeding public health experts’ advice to stay home and avoid gathering with those outside their households on Thanksgiving, others are still planning large dinner parties that violate pandemic safety guidelines. Some couples are still throwing indoor weddings with hundreds of guests at the same time that others are making difficult decisions to postpone or tie the knot via Zoom.

With these divisions, disagreements have inevitably arisen between friends and relatives who don’t share the same pandemic safety philosophy. The situation is particularly frustrating for those who face criticism for taking extra precautions to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

So how should you respond if you’re accused of being “too safe”? Below, therapists and etiquette experts share guidance and tips for navigating these tense conversations.

Resist the urge to get defensive.

“My advice to anyone being accused of being ‘too cautious’ is to resist the impulse to go on the defensive,” said Meg Gitlin, a psychotherapist and the voice behind City…



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