What is quarantine Cabin Syndrome?

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Do you experience rare sensations after intense seclusion? You may be suffering from cabin syndrome.

Woman looking out of a window.

Mandatory confinement can begin to generate a state of habit to the new reality, however, it is important to keep in touch with the outside world. / Photo: Pexels

LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla

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Quarantine changed not only the way we live, but also the way we perceive things. For example, the website of La Tercera comments that this atypical situation "causes emotions that we may never have felt" since our minds had adapted to a lifestyle in which we are no longer.

That is to say, the confinement may feel like a traumatic state, which is why, when we leave it, we find strange sensations. In this sense, the cabin syndrome could serve to graphically illustrate this situation, which, for some, can be distressing. Let's see what this is about.

What is cabin syndrome?

According to what Página 12 mentions, quarantine can cause emotional disorders. Some of this can be seen in the cabin syndrome that generates some adverse effects. Basically, after a long period of time at home, there is a chance to get used to the situation.

In other words, what should be atypical can become a kind of fear of going out. Since we are constantly seeing the risk of new infections in the news, we may associate the exterior with a danger that is lurking, which is why we could be afraid of activities that we previously considered normal, such as going to work or using the public transport.

Even the Marca media wonders if "it is rare to prefer to remain locked up", although from that perspective they do not pose it as a pathology, but as a mixture of opinions. That is, although it can be hard in some aspects, it also brought some improvements in terms of comfort, such as doing work in the home office, for example.

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From the Infobae website, they also describe this situation as a "mental and emotional state", where many people went through forced confinement, but then had difficulties returning to the pre-confinement situation, even in a situation - for now hypothetical- where the COVID-19 vaccine is discovered.

In case you experience some of these feelings of uncertainty, you should know that there are some guidelines to overcome them. According to what the specialized page of ITAE Psychology comments, this psychological phenomenon that leads to intense levels of anxiety is not the same as a disorder, since there is no official definition for it.

Therefore, one of the first things that you should take into account is that outside excursions should be carried out gradually. The body and mind become accustomed to an environment, especially if it is small, which is why you may feel "overwhelmed" when exiting to the outside world, where you will find objects, people, and places with which you will no longer be familiar.

At the same time, the Diez minutos website highlights that it is important that contact with the outside world be resumed, although following the precautions established by the health authorities. Although at first, it will be difficult, we must know that it will be a situation that will not last a lifetime.

That is, it will be essential to understand that, although the quarantine gave rise to a much more intimate and individual life, we are also social beings and depend on contact with the outside world, so it is ideal that we take care of ourselves, but that we also gradually return to the contact with the outside.