Emotional reactivity is running rampant during the pandemic
Every 30 seconds Lifeline Australia is receiving a call and this demand has lead to them recording their busiest day in its 57-year history. Mamamia reported that 40% of the calls are corona virus related with a trend of not having any one to talk to and feeling lonely. The emotion of loneliness can be a simple message that you are needing to feel connected to ease your psychological need of belonging. When we feel that we belong, loneliness cannot exist.
It is hardly surprising that loneliness is the feeling that is fast becoming associated with corona virus. Many people felt lonely prior to the pandemic but with advent of social distancing the issue of loneliness has been greatly intensified hence the increased demand on support services like Lifeline.
Imagine that on top of feeling lonely and that you have no one to talk to, you lose your job and with it, your financial security. It’s not hard to imagine because for many people it is now a stark reality and whilst the government has proceeded with it job keeper payments, it only temporarily eases the uncertainly or hopelessness many are feeling. Whilst the lock down has flattened the curve the untold numbers and effects of mental health, domestic violence and emotional distress leading to suicide will most likely be under reported.
These are all of great concern and join the ever-growing list of emotional reactivity that people are experiencing for example:
- Uncertainty for parents regarding their child’s/children’s health if they return to school
- Added stress from home schooling
- Sleeping issues from guilt around being reliant on government support
- Feeling trapped (literally in the house and figuratively in regards to the future)
- Hopelessness for the future
How can you help yourself or others?
If the issue is mental you could try balancing the mental frequency with FlameTree: the personal development & healing system or speaking to your GP or calling a support centre like Lifeline on 13 11 14.