There is a COVID gender mental health gap. The decline in mental wellbeing has been twice as large for young women under the age of 30 as it has been for men.
If lockdown was a perversely welcome break from the tyranny of being busy, could its lifting give us an opportunity to prioritise what we actually need not to remain superficially visible in our friendship group but to feel genuinely supported and fulfilled?
Isolation has led to feelings of insecurity and even paranoia for some people. We have not had our usual means of receiving validation. Even the most level-headed and confident among us might feel more sensitive, prone to feel rejected or to compare ourselves to others.