“The initial adrenaline rush this situation caused me to develop in the first month, had me experiencing a frenzied “fight or flight” response daily. Which has now ebbed into a type of weary uneasiness and cautious resolve. That initial month I alternated between adrenal-backed frenzy, and anxious spiraling at least twice a week. The fact that I live in Montreal, the city in Quebec where most of the cases for the entire province are located has not helped. Neither has the fact that these numbers have gone from the few hundreds, during the time of my first post, to nearing 25K as of today. So the real question now is, no longer about how we got here. Most of us have been reading about that extensively, and know where the virus originated from.”
“May is Mental Health Awareness Month in many countries around the world. It is also recognized in October; however, with the oncoming of Covid-19, there seems to be an even greater concern for those coping with mental health issues. My focus, as always, are the young people out there.
This is a subject very close to my heart as I’ve watched people all of my life work harder to hide their struggles than they do to find an effective way to cope with them. And you don’t need to be a psychologist to know when a person hides their problems or issues, they usually turn to maladaptive ways to cope with them. “
““Keep pushing” is a phrase you may have heard a couple of times throughout your life, or it could be one that you use very often. Whichever way you interact with the two-worded sentence, it is one that can be applied in almost any and every situation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, life is constantly in play and cannot be put on pause. “
So as we continue to find ourselves in these uncertain times, many people are going to have to stay in their homes for quite some time to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Rather than discuss the virus, I thought I would take this opportunity to write something more light-hearted and talk about some things you might find interesting enough to try during this newly acquired free time. Now might be the perfect time to work on yourself, to focus on aspects of your life that you’ve always wanted to improve and take the time to really accomplish what it is important to you.
“””How are you…really?
At first, it was nice to have people reaching out. It made having to stay in isolation a little more bearable. After a while, though, it became more of a ‘hot topic’ to go off about on social media rather than truly caring about those it effects. Not only does this add fuel to an ever-growing fire, but it also increases anxiety for those who have enough of a challenge getting through their day.”””
“It’s both difficult and especially important right now to use, whatever our chosen medium of communication might be, to reach out to one another in our local and global communities. We need to safely breach the divide of distance, and that includes the social distance brought on by our enamourment of social media. Which, in its present state makes likes on social platforms, and comments from strangers (good and bad), more gratifying and impactful than real-world connections. At least in our brains.”
“Having no deadlines, nothing to stress about, no unwanted social contact. I would have taken it anytime. Now that I finally do have it, I have to confess, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I thought I would finally get to read all the books I had been putting off, learn a new skill, watch all the series and movies that I had been putting on my Netflix list and what not. But to be honest, not much progress has been made on that. I can’t really get myself to pick up anything. I think it is definitely true that you need the stress of fulfilling deadlines to enjoy other small joys of life.”
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As a mom of children who have suffered from brain injury, as well as had personal experience with it, this is an issue near and dear to my heart. This discussion will cover injuries to the brain due to trauma, not brain issues that people are born with.
The brain certainly has a lot of responsibility for being only three pounds. It is basically the control center for the body. Messages are sent to the brain from the rest of the body and it, in turn, interprets these messages and tells the body how to respond. Essentially, how we interact with our world, and everyone and everything in it, almost entirely depends on the well-functioning of the brain.