Friday , January 15 2021

How to keep morale up in the face of canceled gatherings?

Quebec’s decision to cancel all Christmas gatherings hurt many citizens living in the red zone.

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While some were hoping to finally be able to reunite as a family for the first time in a few months, they will still have to fret.

The Legault government had dangled the idea of allowing two gatherings to people, from December 24 to 27, on the occasion of the holiday season celebrations. But the high number of cases forced Quebec to back down on Thursday.

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According to psychologist Gilles Vachon, it is normal for Quebecers to feel disappointed, even frustrated, with the government’s decision.

“I call it hickey syndrome. […] We do not explain to a child, when we give him a hickey to put it in his mouth, we do not explain to him that ultimately, come to think of it, it is not good for health. So the government finds itself in a strategy where it got caught off guard a bit, ”he said on Thursday.

A study also shows an increase in despair and suicidal thoughts among citizens since the start of the pandemic.

“The limits end up draining your morale, and in small doses. It is the torture of gout. We experience an accumulation and we get very edgy. We see enemies everywhere, ”said Mr. Vachon in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

The psychologist adds that these public health rules are unfortunately necessary if people want this pandemic to end.

“For this to end, we have to do a little more. Yes, it’s hopeless, but I want to tell you that frustration is what creates solidity. So, you have to love yourself through all of this and continue! ”

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