There have been some funny memes on Facebook recently depicting the effects of people living in close quarters, aka shelter-in-place. One such meme provides a chart indicating levels of danger vs. safety
depending on how you speak to a woman during quarantine. For example: Dangerous="What's for dinner?" Safer="Can I help you with dinner?" Safest="Where would you like delivery from tonight?" Ultra Safe=
"Here, have some wine."
All kidding aside, the truth is: It is challenging for people to live in close quarters. And the longer it lasts, the harder it gets. We tend to wear on each other's nerves when there is no separation between us.
Anne Frank was 13 years old when she lived in hiding with seven other people for more than two years in a 450 square foot space. This was during WWII in the Netherlands where it is estimated 28,000 Jews were in hiding from the
Nazi's. In addition to not being able to go outside, there was the need to be completely silent as there was an open business operating in the building during the day. Anne and her entire family were eventually arrested and sent
to concentration camps. While our current circumstances can't be compared to the horrors of the holocaust there are some interesting similarities to our shelter-in-place of today.
Possibly the greatest challenge for Anne and her family was the fear of being discovered. Today, many people are experiencing paralyzing fear and anxiety of getting the virus. Even as restrictions are being lifted, some people are
terrified to leave their homes. Many others are depressed and immobilized from moving forward in their lives because of the many changes that have occurred for them personally as a result of shelter-in-place.
While being quiet is not a requirement for shelter-in-place, monotony and boredom is prevelant as it was among the people who lived in hiding. I've always felt that not having enough to do is way worse than having too much to do.
And maybe we have simply forgotten how to entertain ourselves. Lately, I've been playing card and board games and doing jigsaw puzzles. Things I haven't done in a very long time. I feel like I am re-learning the art of
Finding a way of releasing stress when confined to a space is challenging for many people but is very necessary to prevent us from taking our stress out on those closest to us. While the gyms aren't yet open, walking is always
available to do outside. It's also possible to create a workout routine in your own home. Many people are using Youtube to access videos for yoga and Tai Chi.
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