“The negative impacts of this virus have been widely mediatized, mainly: the global death toll, the hundreds of thousands of people who have recovered from infection after one heck of a battle to do so. And of course, its impact on our economies, and the ability of global citizens to sustain themselves financially over the short and long-term, which varies by country.”
“As I sit in my room, alone, during these trying times, like many people, I often find myself getting lost in thought. Spending hours upon hours thinking about the many activities and hobbies I used to excitedly leave my home for. I think about the many restaurants I would love to frequent, the likes of which contained some of my favourite food on the planet. Most importantly, I spend a lot of time thinking about people. I often think about the people, my family, friends, and partner that are a part of my life. I think about how I always looked forward to spending my time with them, and how much said time truly meant to me.”
“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.”