Around the Upper Valley–and around the world–many of us are waiting for life to return to normal. In the interim there will be some negotiation and some strain as we slowly work our way back to our old routines . Here are some thoughts about re-emerging and how that might be more difficult than we’d like. These could be good reasons to consider reaching out to our Vermont therapy team.
Relationships May Have Changed
Like so many things around us, relationships can’t be put on hold indefinitely and then picked up again right where you left off. The distance created by a pandemic may mean a little bit of renegotiation when you’re able to spend time with friends and family. Even though the pandemic was the reason your relationships were put on hold, it doesn’t mean there won’t be some uneasiness or hesitation when you resume a friendship or a romantic relationship that was unable to be maintained in person.
Not All Paths are the Same
If you’ve recovered from COVID or had your vaccines and are able to see people again in small groups, some of the people you’re ready to see may not be ready to see you. As much as a vaccine may seem like a license to resume ‘life as usual’, not everyone has been vaccinated and not everyone is ready to get one. Paying attention to the status of your friends and family–and hearing their preferences–is a good starting point. Some of your friends and family may have feelings quite different from yours. You’ll need to gauge comfort levels before spending time together.
There are Still Risks
Although a majority of Americans over 70 have their vaccines, testing of vaccines for children is just beginning and many younger adults haven’t had a chance to get a vaccine yet. It’s important to keep in mind that emerging from the pandemic requires some thought, some patience and some conversation, even if you’re feeling like your patience has run out.
Not everyone can or will choose the path you and your household have chosen, and it’s important to address the risks and our fears at our own pace. If you’re finding a slightly different world–perhaps a more stressful one–than the one you left in spring of 2020, it’s worth thinking about therapy in Vermont as an option to work through that stress. We may be through the darkest days of the COVID pandemic but it’s not quite over and the strain can sometimes be strongest toward the end of an ordeal.