Bentleigh East, VIC Australia

(SE Melbourne)

On December 31st, we gathered around the telly to watch the fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and counted out loud in unison, 10, 9, 8 … 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! As we hugged and warmly exchanged our wishes for each other for the coming year, our faces and our words were filled with hope, for sure, but there was also trepidation and wondering, and I knew that none of us were convinced that the new year would bring the one thing we were all longing for – an end to life with the pandemic.

Today, I was catching up with one of my daughter’s friends. The girls are heading out to the country for a night or two of camping, nature, and friendship. We chatted, and the conversation came round to relationships. As I listened, it occurred to me that how we think about relationships is changing, and I wondered about that.

You translate everything-whether physical, mental, or spiritual into muscular tension.

The pandemic, with its constant shutdowns and alarming daily reports of the numbers, coupled with the continuing talks about the climate crisis, as well as the impact of current politics, has created a background of insecurity and uncertainty.

I think it’s changed our levels of confidence and trust, attributes that are requisite in any successful relationship. We’re unsure about making decisions, and how we think about the future is up for question. No surprise that all this is impacting how we interact with each other.

Rumblings of Uncertainty and Angst

I often have a sense that there’s a very quiet but definitely audible rumbling just below the surface under our feet, and that we’re living from moment to moment in a kind of dance between throwing caution to the wind, and being anxious about when and where the next eruption might happen, hoping against hope that it won’t be a little too close to where we’re standing for comfort!

The pandemic, with its constant shutdowns and alarming daily reports of the numbers, coupled with the continuing talks about the climate crisis, as well as the impact of current politics, has created a background of insecurity and uncertainty.

I think it’s changed our levels of confidence and trust, attributes that are requisite in any successful relationship. We’re unsure about making decisions, and how we think about the future is up for question. No surprise that all this is impacting how we interact with each other.

I often have a sense that there’s a very quiet but definitely audible rumbling just below the surface under our feet, and that we’re living from moment to moment in a kind of dance between throwing caution to the wind, and being anxious about when and where the next eruption might happen, hoping against hope that it won’t be a little too close to where we’re standing for comfort!

Is Living in Close Quarters with Your Nearest & Dearest Causing You Angst?

This article from May 2020 stated that “Australians from all walks of life say they’re grappling with rising relationship stress, as the coronavirus outbreak reshapes the connections with our nearest and dearest.”

The article went on to describe how we’re seeing a shift in relationships, both as a result of isolation from our communities and from being confined to close quarters with our immediate households. 

Increasing COVID-19 Anxiety Impact on the Dating Scene

In an article published in Psychology Today on May 9, 2021, Gwendolyn Seidman, PhD shares her observations about how increased COVID-19 anxiety is changing the way people think about dating, and the decisions they’re making when considering their prospects of long-term relationships.

Using the Alexander Technique to Tame the Anxiety So You Can

In an article published in Psychology Today on May 9, 2021, Gwendolyn Seidman, PhD shares her observations about how increased COVID-19 anxiety is changing the way people think about dating, and the decisions they’re making when considering their prospects of long-term relationships.

So the question before me, and I think all of us, is what then are we going to have this coming year be about. How are we going to navigate life this year, with all the obstacles presented to us? How can we be more present, more alive, more connected, and more empowered?

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