Let people know what you are comfortable with

During the pandemic, different people are comfortable with doing different things. You may feel like someone else’s actions make it more likely that you or a loved one will get COVID-19. If you feel worried or upset, calmly discuss your concerns with them. Somebody might also come to you with concerns about your actions. In either case, try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and be kind. Respond in a way that shows you heard them. Avoid blaming and shaming, since that can make it hard for others to hear what you have to say.

If someone wants you to do something differently, listen to what they have to say, and explain where you’re coming from. Remember that you get to decide what’s right for you. If they keep pushing, calmly tell them that you have not changed your mind.

Try to be patient with others and with yourself. Like you, most people are doing their best to make choices in the context of their whole lives. We’re all in this together.

Tips on talking to others during the pandemic from the University of Washington