Wearing a face mask has become second nature for many people during the pandemic. But as states lift mask mandates and more people get fully vaccinated for Covid, you might find that going mask-less in public and transitioning back to "normal" makes you feel out of place or even a little awkward.

There's a psychological reason why you feel this way, according to David A. Moscovitch, professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo. Moscovitch's recent research found that mask protocols during the pandemic actually increase struggles with social anxiety.