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With ‘Stay At Home’ Here To Stay For The Summer, How Are You Navigating Peer Pressure To Break Quarantine At Home And Work?




People wearing face masks gather in a park  to watch the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Washington, DC, area on May 2, 2020.
People wearing face masks gather in a park to watch the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Washington, DC, area on May 2, 2020.
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When COVID-19 first began to spread, self-quarantine was a no-brainer for most. But as days turned into weeks and pages started to come off the calendar, cabin fever set in. People became restless, they started going to beaches and hiking trails on weekends for a taste, if only briefly, of that sweet pre-coronavirus life that now feels like a distant memory.

Then came the holidays -- Passover, Ramadan, Easter and Mother's Day, all centered around being with and celebrating family. For some, the pressure finally became too much and they just had to organize a get-together so things would feel somewhat normal again, even if only for an afternoon. But if you're someone who isn't quite ready to re-enter those kinds of social situations with other humans just yet, how are you supposed to respond when you're the only person in your family who doesn't think Mother's Day dinner is a good idea?

We've heard numerous tales on AirTalk of peer pressure to hangout with family and friends as 'stay at home' goes on and people yearn for human contact and social interaction that isn't through a screen or plexiglass barrier. The struggle is real -- you know the safer option is likely to stay in but you don't want to miss out on the fun. No doubt many of us have felt this kind of pressure from family members, friends or even from work. Many employees who have either been working from home or out of work altogether face pressure from themselves or possibly coworkers or managers to return to the workplace, and it can create a struggle between one's desire to work hard and not get left behind, and the knowledge that it might still be too soon to go back into the office.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from you. How are you navigating these types of situations where you have to balance a fear of missing out with current public health rules due to COVID-19? Join the live conversation at 866-893-5722.