Oona wrote:I have no idea what the assault on women issue is there, or if I have a higher fear of it than other Americans.
I'm an American, and it scares me too, though not just assault because I'm a woman, but because I'm a lone human. In my experience, gender isn't as much a key to getting attacked as just being in the wrong place at the wrong time and outnumbered/overpowered. It keeps me from being out as much as I'd like at times, too. You're not alone.
Maybe if taking cigarette breaks made you feel more connected, you could take 'nature breaks'...just a set time each week that you'll go outside(even if just outside your home) regardless of the temperature/weather and just sit for ten minutes.