How the pandemic changed our lives
Most of our daily routines have changed over the past year and will change again after COVID restrictions are fully lifted. While navigating change comes easy to some, the transition is stressful for others, and change is often seen as a threat, especially when there is no clarity about what the future holds post-lockdown.
The pandemic has also transformed a lot of lives. People have lost loved ones, jobs, and in many cases, their good health if they survived a severe case of COVID. Although more people are getting vaccinated and getting more comfortable resuming normal activities, not everyone is excited to return to pre-pandemic life.
Two of the most common mental health issues surrounding lifted restrictions are anxiety and depression, but another common reaction is dissociation.
Dissociation is an involuntary coping mechanism, and it means disconnecting from the world around you to relieve fear and anxiety. It’s a natural response to high-stress situations, and it presents as mild or severe. Mild dissociation looks like “zoning out” or daydreaming, while more severe cases can make you feel detached from your body.