These are extraordinary times: many of us working from home, kids around 24/7, the world at war with an invisible killer . . .
We’re tense and irritable – and almost inevitably relationships take strain.
“At the start of lockdown there was more of a sense of people getting into the spirit of the new normal,” says Cheryl Sol, a psychologist from Kloof, KwaZulu- Natal. “But after the president made his announcement that this period will be extended, this started to fizzle out. Organisations offering free therapy online or over the telephone suddenly experienced a spike from couples in trouble.”