It seems that this newsletter’s topic is even more timely with the easing of restrictions in a number of places. According to research into human isolation – think space stations and Antarctic posts – these actions can mentally move us into a ‘third quarter’ of isolation. This ‘quarter’ is relative in time to the expected total isolation period and is characterized by ‘emotional outbursts, aggressiveness and rowdy behaviour’.
Yet we’re likely not even half way, with political and public health leaders reminding us that restrictions are likely to be in place for many more months to manage the risk of a ‘second wave’.
What did you learn over the last week or two by reflecting on what adds meaning to your life? And how did the practice affect your energy levels and your mood?
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed our daily lives and within a short space of time. Many people feel anxious and stressed about health, loved ones, financial and economic survival now and in the future.
Can you remember a time in your past when you’ve had to go through an extended period of challenge, and you looked forward to it being finished? Something that was necessary, yet not particularly enjoyable, for you to achieve a goal, like exams at the end of a course of study, or rehabilitation after an injury. Maybe the time ‘after’ the challenge presented a mix of emotions, such as happiness, relief and some uncertainty or fear about your future.