Coronavirus: why this second confinement is more difficult to live with than the first?

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This is one of the concerns of the French authorities in full isolation: the moral health of the French is at its lowest. From the fear of seeing the epidemic last, to the lack of consensus on the management of the crisis, this second confinement remains more difficult to live with than the first.

At the heart of the crisis and in the midst of this second confinement, it has become one of the major concerns of the authorities: the morale of the French is in free fall. “The psychological impact of the epidemic, and even more of the confinement, is real (…) The mental health of the French has significantly deteriorated”, solemnly declared the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, Thursday, during the traditional point press on the health situation, even referring its audience to the listening number set up for people in need, 0 800 130 000).

Why such a voice from the government? Is this second confinement more difficult to live with than the first? “Without a doubt,” answers Toulouse psychologist Karim Fathi-Berrada. The professional states several reasons for this, but the main one undoubtedly remains the difficult “adhesion” of the French to a new isolation. “During the first confinement, there is an effect of novelty and astonishment. For this second confinement, there is no more all this astonishment: people have trouble understanding the intelligence of the measures that are taken, details the psychologist. What is difficult to understand is difficult to accept, and as this new confinement is difficult to understand, the overall consistency of the measures is difficult to accept “. Thus, according to Toulouse, “membership is an important factor in supporting a constraint”.

How to find a smile?

Then comes the registration of the phenomenon over time. “There is this interminable aspect, describes Karim Fathi-Berrada. In general, from the mouths of people, it is an idea that one finds in the angle of denial: ‘I can not imagine that it is going continue for another year ‘”, depicts the psychologist. All the more decisive as the confinement “exacerbates” the problems already existing in many people: “We have people who were subject to anxiety related to their professional activity or their personal life, or even to their working life. couple.”

An observation reflected in the figures. According to a recent survey, 28% of French people say they are not in good spirits now, against 20% in April. Some 27% of those questioned say they are anxious (compared to 20% in the spring) and 38% say they suffer from sleep disorders (or 6 points more than in April). In the end, again according to this Ifop study, more than one in two French people admit a feeling of sadness and more than a quarter of those questioned admitted not having received any visit to their home during the three months preceding the reconfinement. ..

Faced with this situation, how to find a touch of optimism? “It is above all necessary to appease conflicts or manage loneliness, explains Karim Fathi-Berrada. This involves, among other things, for example, by maintaining a sporting activity. Also maintaining social ties, meditation, which in this state the body, the awareness of oneself, remain important. ” According to the psychologist, everyone must come out of a state of “rumination”: “recurring, negative, uncontrollable thoughts”, to prefer a state of “full consciousness”, more “positive” and aiming “to (re) connect to its environment”.