- feat /feet/
- restriction /ri-STRIK-shuhn/
- jeopardize /JEP-er-dahyz/
- root /root/
- raging /reyj-ing/
[noun] – something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it
The Olympic diver accomplished a huge feat.
[noun] – something that limits someone’s actions or movement
The village will put a restriction on water use to prevent shortages.
[verb] – to put something such as a plan or system in danger of being harmed or damaged
Please think twice as this decision could jeopardize your future.
[noun] – the cause or origin of something bad
We need to get to the root of this problem.
[adjective] – very severe or extreme
The young patient developed a raging fever overnight.
The first step is to know the root of what is making you nervous, this is your signal to start adopting a positive attitude. Imagine all the activities you used to do with your friend before the pandemic, such as sharing a meal or attending concerts. Believing in the good things that can happen outside is essential. The last step is to visualize the goals you can achieve when you leave your “cave”. Bergman added, “The longer people are in their cave, the harder it is to get out.” It is important to note, however, that the cave syndrome is not an official diagnosis and needs to go through a formal approval process. According to Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, experiencing anxiety does not mean you have a disorder as it is a normal reaction to the pandemic. However, if you are not able to leave your house and resume your daily life, it is best to seek professional help. He also shared that you should not feel pressured to do what another person is doing. Some people are introverted and long periods of social interaction can be tiring.
Because of the pandemic, the way we interact with others may be completely different. From the usual weather talk, the topic of conversation may change to vaccine status. COVID-19 is still raging so being out of practice at social skills is perfectly fine, as long as we stay safe and healthy.
- When was the last time you went outside since the pandemic began?
- Have you ever been uncomfortable when going out in public places before the pandemic happened?
- What would you do if your colleague is experiencing cave syndrome?
- According to Dr. Bregman, “The longer people are in their cave, the harder it is to get out.” Do you agree with this?
- What do you think are other ways to help fight cave syndrome?