Kaizen (happy almost 100th post!):
I completely understand about the masks: I really, really don't like them either. As an assault survivor where one of my experiences involved my mouth and nose being covered, it cues trauma for me ALL THE TIME. As someone in menopause dealign with hot flashes and now having to wear masks in a humid, hot summer....well. Of course, I still wear them regardless, because my discomforts are certainly < other people's terrible deaths. But I hear you: it's hard to talk about feelings about them without assumptions being made.
I also hear you on the "don't pressure yourself" and such. I have an organization to run and a book under contract to finish writing, as well as the basics of my survival. I'd love to just relax, but....well. I can't.
I am finding that a lot of my friends are less introverted than they thought. For me, this isn't all that different from my life usually is, with the exception of so much extra suffering all around me and only being able to be outside in very limited ways (the outdoors is my mental health must, so that part is ROUGH), and I'm just as introverted as ever. But I've got a couple people I am now checking in on far more than I used to because they're having such a hard time with their contact with people changing.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead