These are unprecedented times we are living in. If you are anything like the majority of the people on this planet, you are worried, tearful, not sleeping well, having anxiety issues, and perhaps feeling down and depressed due to the COVID-19 situation, which is developing daily. This is not unusual, and I think it’s essential that we all understand this.
I have had anxiety the past couple of days and had to take a step back and take some self-care. It involved a bit of rest and a long walk in the park, obviously maintaining my physical distance. I’ve taken the decision as we are constantly supplied with news about the virus and what people are doing or not doing right to turn my phone off now and then. There’s a never-ending supply of mentally stimulating terror to induce anxiety, fear, and panic. Though we need the information, of course, do we need to be looking at our Facebook, Instagram, world news, and emails to see what is going on all the time? Or can we choose to take a deep breath, turn our phones off for a moment and ignore the relentless chatter and take some time to gather our thoughts and sense of calm?
I’m not suggesting that anyone stop watching the important Government updates. But if we are going to get through this, we need to look at the long haul. It could be some months until things are back to normal and that means we need to take one day at a time.
To help with things at the moment, there are some easy self-care strategies you can take. We are all different, and what might work for one might not work for you. Whilst being isolated, you might have thought of things you would like to do at home. It could be as simple as reading that book that has been sitting there for years, waiting for you to read it. Baking a cake or catching up with your family on a WhatsApp video call. I lied out on some grass earlier and listened to the sounds around me, and took some deep breaths.
I know some people are really doing it tough at the moment. If you are finding things difficult, please utilise Lifeline and Beyond Blue. Banks can help you with mortgages and loans. Please reach out to your Doctor, family, friends, or work colleagues. Remember, people want to help. I know things will be tough…but we will get through this together.
Reach out if you want counselling with me to support you during this time.