From the Document: "The initial period of enforced solitude during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] lockdown required both physical and psychological adjustment as our freedom of movement was curtailed and most interpersonal interactions were cut off. Many people were concerned about their mental health and capacity for sustained self-isolation. I have watched and listened to friends, family and colleagues as they have ridden the 'corona-coaster' of emotions and moved through stages of adjustment, from desperation for social connection to the comfort of seclusion. Eventually, solitude became their new baseline. My understanding of the need to be mindful of the process of reengaging socially after extended periods of solitude comes from research as well as personal experiences of having engaged in silent retreats going weeks without speaking or making eye contact and from having lived overseas for months on end. There are joys of returning to familiar comforts, sounds, and interpersonal interactions. Re-connecting with others can feel energizing but also be exhausting."
Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 26
Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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