A new Phenomenon!

Have you noticed there’s a new phenomenon upon us?

Welcome my friend, we will be discussing this today as we sip our cuppa’s, munch our treats & look at the beautiful view above.

Don’t you just want to dip your toes in that water!

I’m having a chai tea with some little Date & Almond protein balls. What are you having?

Now we’re comfy let’s begin…

Are you feeling a little off kilter lately?

I’ve noticed many are feeling a little off kilter.

Have you noticed the same?

Maybe I need to explain what I mean, I’ll put my professional cap on & we’ll have a little look!

I’ve observed many people around the globe experiencing a feeling of being out of balance.

And while we all just want to get back to ‘normal’ moving forward from the last few years.

After having CoVid restrictions, lockdowns, border closures & the never ending variants.

We really need to acknowledge it had an enormous emotional impact upon us.

Thus many are experiencing the effects of traumatization from the last few years.

In other words we have become;

A traumatized global village!

photo of seashore during daytime

Are you experiencing…

In fact, I had some conversations recently with professionals working within their communities which confirmed my observations.

And the latest research also seems to be supporting this;

“….the general population may be suffering from various levels of vicarious traumatization, although strictly speaking this would not qualify for PTSD’s Criterion A for trauma exposure.” Refer II

I’m not suggesting the general population is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) here but rather differing levels of emotional traumatization.

These professionals had observed some or all of the following behaviours in either themselves or in others as I have done. You may see yourself here;

  • Many have retreated into their homes & aren’t as social as preCoVid times. Because we all had to hunker down in our sanctuaries for so long. A behavioural modification of retreating into the safe place has happened…
  • Or alternatively you may feel the constant need to ‘escape’ & go on a break but the refreshment from that break doesn’t last very long.
  • You may find news broadcasts overwhelming & anxiety inducing.
  • You may find the sound of your phone ringing anxiety inducing.
  • You may either find it difficult to plan for the future or do so very, very tentatively in case your plans are cancelled again… An over vigilance has resulted.
  • You may find when you go to social events, your energy levels deplete quicker than pre CoVid times. Your emotional capacity for socialisation has lessened.

This is not an exhaustive list but gives you some of the behaviours that traumatization can induce.

These are the result of long term stress & traumatization.

And we have all been under enormous stress since 2019 when CoVid hit this world on the back of devastating Fire Storms, Floods & Famines.

CoVid also brought with it it’s own individual economic, familial & social challenges.

The Solution

So what can we do about this traumatization you may ask?

This type of long term trauma & stress will take time to recover from my friend.

A good way to begin the process of recovery & yes it’s a process is by practicing the following strategies in The Art of Quietness*

Please Note; 

If you’re feeling anxious all the time or feel you’re not coping with life. Please seek a Mental Health Care Professional in your own locality as soon as possible.*

Until next time,

Jennifer

You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook


© 2022, Jennifer M. Ross, teawithjennifer.blog All Rights Reserved. Photo by Asad Photo Maldives on Pexels.com 

*Disclaimer: The author of this site does not claim to provide any type of individualized Mental Health Care for any individual through this site. This is to be done face to face in consultation with a registered (certified) mental health care professional in your own locality. 

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  1. I’m having vanilla hazelnut coffee with French vanilla creamer. No food yet (long story).

    People say that things are getting back to normal…but are they really?

    There are those who now live in constant fear that anyone who coughs or sneezes in their vicinity have COVID-19. That’s no way to live.

    Even though mosr restrictions have been lifted in our state, I’m still required to wear a mask at work (at least for the foreseeable future).

    So…I guess we’ll all find a new normal but things will never be how they were before March 2020.

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    1. Yum that sounds like a delicious blend Barb! Yes, most restrictions have been relaxed here but for masks in certain settings. Although we have a major surge here at the moment with the new off shoot of the Omicron variant! That has everyone on tender hooks again.
      Yes, people are traumatized & it’s showing in behaviours as you describe above.

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  2. Great insight, Jennifer, I agree with you, we were ALL impacted more than we realize by the last two years. Wisely processing and validating our suffering and trauma is the only way through. Thank you for your helpful post!

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  3. I know we were greatly impacted by the pandemic. Now that it has eased up, we see evil as a country is destroyed and its people terrorized and killed. I read today that famine could be widespread. That is a lot to take in over the past two years. My hope is in the unchanging Heavenly Father, whose mercies are
    new every morning! Thank you, my friend for a very timely post!

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  4. Mental health has never been given so much attention until this pandemic. I’m feeling it myself and being aware of it is important. I’ve learnt to slow down, take a step back and take a breather. Thanks for sharing this! Also thanks for participating in Fiesta Friday party which I’m co-hosting this week. Hope to see you soon! ~ Pauline @ Beautiful Voyager

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  5. The focus needs to be on moving into a new normal, not returning to a long vanished one. We got out of the desert, but we really don’t know how to act in this new place. Kind of like our ancient fathers.

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  6. Thanks for bringing this up. It’s so important that we take time to process all that we are feeling because of COVID and its impact on our lives. I imagine it will take some time to even understand the full impact of the past few years.

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  7. I’m sitting here with a cuppa chocolate-raspberry coffee with a dash of heavy whipping cream. During quarantine in our state, I was recouperating from spinal fusion surgery and was grateful for the opportunity to not feel rushed. My college age sons were very frustrated at not being in the classroom. One went so far as to say that if they had continued remotely, he would have taken a year off until classrooms opened back up. However, our state was not locked-down long and life resumed fairly normally by Mother’s Day for us. However, we’ve become more selective in our news choices and reduced the amount of time “waiting” to hear what’s going on. I cannot imagine what you’ve gone through where you live!

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  8. I agree with you, Jennifer. I see such a collective emotional trauma all around me and inside me too. This has definitely been a unique two years, and it will take awhile to work it out in our psyches, whether we’re aware of it or not. Of course the more awake we can be to it, the better! I appreciate your Art of Quietness article again too.

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    1. Yes, gratitude is an important component of the healing process Susan. While grief is unique to each person & each of us will grieve differently, we all need to process that grief for a healthy future. Lovely having you drop by today 🤗

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  9. This post is insightful. I agree, covid changed the way we behaved before. Now, when I see some destinations that we visited before, I can’t believe how we visited. I can’t even imagine how will be our future tours. social life is already impacted. Thanks for sharing these.
    Have a great day!

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  10. I see an interesting phenomenon among my students–they don’t want to take their masks off, even though they don’t need to wear them anymore :(. Fortunately, we have therapists on staff who can work with the kids to overcome their fear of removing their masks.

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    1. It’s good to hear you have therapists on staff Anita.
      Sadly, the Pandemic has caused many behavioral issues related to anxiety.

      We have Omicron & it’s variant raging through our country at the moment. And although most of our population are triple vaccinated it is still making people very ill indeed including those vaccinated (many of our family have been very ill) 😕

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