It is no surprise then, if you are hitting the “6 month wall,” according to Dr Aisha Ahmad, a professor of International Security at the University of Toronto.
In a viral Twitter thread posted earlier this week, Ahmad, who has experience working in disaster zones for extended periods of time, shared helpful knowledge and reassurance on what it means to hit the 6-month-mark of any sustained crisis situation, and how to best get through it.
It is normal to be in a “slump” right now
As we all try to assimilate to the “new normal”: social distancing, staying away from loved ones, enduring heightened job-stress, health anxiety, unprecedented loss and so much more than is hard to articulate, it is beyond reasonable to individually and collectively feel like we’re hitting a wall.
“I *always* hit a wall 6 months into a tough assignment in a disaster zone. The desire to "get away" or "make it stop" is intense. I've done this many times, and at 6 months, it's like clockwork,” Ahmad wrote.
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Even though it is impossible to “physically leave” this particular crisis situation, Ahmad recommends giving yourself, if possible, “a mental or figurative ‘shore leave’” (referring to leave that professional sailors get to spend on dry land).
Don’t fight it, or beat yourself up over having to do it, she explains, and soon the “brick wall” will dissipate.
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