A few months ago, I wrote a series of articles describing life under Covid lockdown. We had two months of restrictions and life was suddenly very different. It started out as a bit of a novelty and the funny side could be seen on occasions but it quickly became more serious as time went on. I would say that it could be seen as more difficult now with a bigger chance of catching the virus as restrictions are lifted. There are of course, precautions in place but there are also many people trying to avoid them. Despite the insistence that masks are worn in shops, supermarkets and closed spaces, some people, just dont get the idea of prevention or social distancing. Where I live, cases have been increasing because of this and people travelling from outside on holiday, etc.
It is widely accepted that the eye of the virus hurricane is very much over the United States at present where the situation can be seen as even worse. The whole situation appears to have been politicized and the idea of care of the population has taken lower priority. Some of the scenes and statements coming from there are unbelievable and one can only speculate where it will all end. Most of my clients from that part of the world are very worried, some depressed and some suffering severe anxiety. Not just about the virus which is running amok but also the attitude of the people in power who appear to be ” sniffing the wind” when making policies .
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In respect to how people are handling their lives at present, it seems that many are finding it very difficult. A report in the London Times highlighted the increase in people seeking help for anxiety and depression, more couples having issues and people struggling generally due to job and income loss. Especially couples are coming forward to deal with the issues of being together 24 hours a day during lockdown. Much of this has a delayed effect and can be seen only now as life gets back to being ‘normal’. People in abusive and controlling relationships will have been going through a very bad time, unable to escape their abuser. This is reflected in the massive increase in domestic violence rates seen throughout the world. It is true to say that life will not be the same for a long time and we are all affected by it.
One thing I have noticed talking to my clients, is the determination to carry forward some of the good habits learnt when all this is said and and done. Many have gained new skills, had a greater focus on healthy pursuits with eating better and exercising more. Many have decided to change their working life forever and practice self care more often. Some have come to the realisation that they want to change their job, location, partner and move on to something completely different.
One thing is for sure, therapists are very busy at present, especially those who have managed to take their practice online. ( Something I have been doing for twelve years). I am also very busy as people reach out to adjust to the new normal. As managed care systems appear to be overwhelmed at present, many people are looking to the private sector for help and here is where therapists have a responsibility to keep their fees within reach of the average person and make allowances for those on lower incomes who really need help.
At this point, I am reminded of one of my favourite authors, Scott Peck who started one of his most famous books with the sentence, ‘Life is difficult’. Little did he know when he wrote this 30 years ago, how true those words would become.