In my profession it becomes so obvious that when we are under stress, especially if it’s caused by things we can’t control, it induces tension with people around us.

The Covid-19 crisis is no exception. I hear from a lot of people who are distressed because of tension in relationships. This is normal and to be expected.

In tough times people need something to hold onto. With Covid-19 there are so many different theories and experts. People are looking for answers and they are looking for truth. It makes us more vulnerable.

I have talked a lot about humility when it comes to the unanswered questions around this virus. Humility in the fact that nobody really knows what’s right at this moment.

This puts us in a very uncomfortable spot. We need to abide in the questions and not jump to conclusions and quick answers.

In the US where most of my network is, I see a lot of tension between people. Everything from people who thinks the virus is a conspiracy and a hoax to those that are extremely cautious. Go into any forum online and you can see and feel the tension.

Here in Spain where I live, we have the same tensions although we’re not seeing much of those that deny the severity of the crisis. Our numbers are on the rise again and we were one of the countries hit very hard.

Sweden where I was born has chosen a path very different from the rest of the world. It’s caused tension with a lot of countries and it has affected many relationships. I have to avoid the subject with many people there because we have very different views.

It doesn’t help when we have experts and politicians who are very quick to dish out arrogant comments about other viewpoints. The arrogance and lack of humility is nourishing the fears that are actually tearing relationships apart.

Tension is to be expected. I have to ask myself: “What is more important? Relationships or my own opinions?”

I’ve also noticed that the tension around Corona brings to the surface, things that are unresolved in relationships. Conflicts escalate, domestic violence increase and friendships break.

This is not the time to cling to unknown or non-confirmed truths, this is a time to hold onto one another. We’re all in this together whether we like it or not.

Have a brilliant day!

Ulf Lidman

Tension is to be expected!