Communication is the key to all the relationships we have, which means it is also the key reason that some of our relationships go “wrong”. Going “wrong” can have many different looks too, ranging from explosive to brooding silence, all the way to drifting apart and losing contact. However “wrong” looks for you, this relationship breakdown causes stress and our assumptions that we make of people can be a core factor.
Once again, we have an overload of contradicting information to sift through to find the information that is important for us to know. This confusion causes stress. We want to ensure that we are making the best decisions to ensure the wellbeing of ourselves and our families, but it is stressful when we are unsure about which information to believe.
Where do you fit? What box would you put yourself in? What box would other people put you in? There would never be just one answer to this question, it really depends on who’s asking.
Honestly, right now, people are tired and still a little fearful after all that the world has been through recently (and still going through). Fear mixed with fatigue can make an emotionally explosive cocktail. As we return to our lives after the Covid-19 crisis, relationship dynamics may have changed, and conflict may slip in where it never used to exist.
We all knew from the start that it was going to be a long-haul operation to beat this virus, and the process has been compared to running a marathon, not a sprint. A marathon is a good analogy for lock-down and social distancing.
School’s back! Only it’s not. Term 2 has started and school is happening at home. At any given time you are a chef, taxi driver, first aid first responder, fort builder, medical practitioner, child counsellor, and cheer leader to name just a few of the roles that fill day to day life with your kids.
Kiwis are doing an amazing job of completely changing their lifestyle to stay at home and beat Covid-19. What has made this easier to do is that we know that the change is temporary, and we can return to normal(ish) in a few weeks or months. But, what if normal is not something that you want to return to?
Okay, so the world just flipped on its axis and we are all now living a strange new reality. For many of us this means that much of the physical activity that would be a part of a normal week is no longer available to us.
Pretty weird times we are living in right now. If we were all to be honest, with all the changes we’ve made in our lives due to the Covid 19 lock-down, we all have felt like we have lost control of things at some stage in the last couple of weeks.
For many years I have played hockey. I have not seen myself play the game, so always assumed that I look similar to the others playing on the same field. This assumption changed when I was in the big city…