The Covid-19 threat is not going away fast – for the foreseeable future coping with it in our daily lives will become the new normal. So we must develop a new attitude to each other and cultivate appropriate prevention habits. Such an attitude will be a combination of responsible citizenship, and neighbourly love. Simply put, it’s about practicing African ‘ubuntu’.
Face it – you can only take so much – the stress of ‘lockdown’ pushes us all to the limit. Physical and mental stress can lead to burnout. That’s when you feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained – you just can’t meet the constant demands.
Are you a bit like me? During this Lockdown it has sometimes felt like I just want to curl up at the bottom of my dark cupboard. I’ve felt lonely – I’ve missed the hugs, the warmth, and the loving presence of my family and friends. I’ve longed for time just to sit and chat; or go for a walk with real, living bodies. Connecting on Zoom just didn’t seem to do it anymore!
“What is the secret to a long-lasting relationship?” is a question that regularly pops up, most often around Valentine’s Day. Everyone tends to talk about how they got married, or got into a relationship, but not much time is spent on how they have been able to stay that way.
Sex. A powerful force that can topple empires, ruin marriages or even lead to death. On the other hand, it is only through sex that the human race continues to survive. It is an important way to feel a sense of connection, belonging and love.
It is the month of love, and as relationships are brought to the fore, it can become apparent just how lonely you feel. Loneliness reportedly affects around 1 in 10 South Africans, both young and old. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it is affecting increasingly more, and in some ways has become an epidemic on its own.
Although sex is a powerful bond in a healthy relationship, it has also sadly often become destructive. What is it about sex that can bring out such extremes as addition or abuse? Being mindful of the impact that sex can have on both body and mind is an important foundation for nurturing your own sexuality.