With the lock down being slowly lifted, there is a sense of relief that you can sense in people. After two or three months of people being stuck at home, most people have only had contact with their immediate family, or just their pets; and in the case of those who live alone, they have themselves.
During this period of lock down, no doubt many people had enough time to ruminate about their fears over money, their health and well-being, as well as uncertainty over their future and what is to come. Some may have been stuck with people they don’t get along with, or have faced domestic violence. So the easing of lock downs must come with some great degree of relief for millions of people across the country.
You might have sensed this great sigh of relief, and even excitement. You’ll be able to see your friends and colleagues, chit chat with people again, go to the store, go shopping, eat out, and slowly, try to rebuild your life so it goes back to being as normal as it once used to be.
At the same time, this is also when you might sense something off about people. Perhaps it is the way they are jumping too enthusiastically back into social life, trying to compensate for lost time and putting themselves at risk. Perhaps you are seeing your family and friends taking risks that they don’t need to take in public by meeting large groups of other people when they aren’t supposed to. Just as worrying may be the people you see who refuse to go back out because it’s still too dangerous. There may be people who may feel apathetic and couldn’t care about easing of restrictions.
It’s very possible that a lot of otherwise normal people with normal lives are going to be suffering some type of trauma even if they never displayed any symptoms of it during the lock down period. You might have already started to see this in those around you or your friends who you have talked via video chat or other means. This extended isolation and worldwide pandemic takes a mental and emotional toll on people and over time can change their views about the world, their community, and even change the way they think about themselves in terms of their place in the world and their mortality.
This trauma may not be easy to see because it is hidden behind every day behaviour that is otherwise normal. Wanting to see your friends and family is perfectly normal, but rushing to do so may be reckless.
Recklessness might be a sign that something is not right, or is it just pent up excitement?
Is someone deciding to be reclusive just a sign of continuing cautiousness or is it a deeper problem that needs to be looked into and addressed?
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