An opinionated piece on actuality of COVID-19 and highlighting ways to cope
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock since the beginning of March, our world is currently suffering from a deadly pandemic. People are dying, hospitals are flooded with those young and old, and society is terrified. There is nowhere to run, because well, everyone in the entire world is suffering.
Now, before you close out of here, please stay (realistically what else do you have to do?) this is my take on our current situation. Sit tight and have no fear, I promise it won’t be the dreaded negativity you see every day. Just a realistic approach from a human-being offering some helpful insight.
As we sit here inside (literally) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 wondering when we will be set free from what seems like a Syfy film. Is it really all that bad though? The majority of us are quarantined inside with those who we love, our mothers, fathers, siblings, significant others, friends, etc.
While we all may deal with slight cabin fever, if you have you & your families health, an income, and food on your table, what more can you really ask for right now?
That’s not to say that everyone is so lucky. Those specific individuals are who we need to think of when debating a visit with friends.
Carly might have told you she’s been home, but she forgot to mention that trip to Wawa where she wasn’t wearing a mask. Oh, and Chelsea who you’re going to visit hasn’t been taking this seriously, but little did you know she’s contracted the virus and is asymptomatic.
Think about the precious lives being lost everyday when you’re deciding between sitting inside binging Netflix or going to see your friend who lives in a hotspot, I promise Netflix is the better choice.
Everyone is suffering, not just YOU, and beyond this virus, millions of people suffer from other diseases and illnesses daily making them vulnerable. I’m talking about those brave, strong-willed, badasses who fight for their lives against cancer.
Oh, and don’t get me started on those who suffer from mental illness every day, but especially now.
Do you remember how you felt when you found out you had to quarantine until further notice? The feeling of the unknown that lies ahead in this world? Welcome to the wonderful world of anxiety everyone!
Being trapped inside with absolutely zero knowledge of when this pandemic will end and what this world will be like is one of the worst feelings – and the perfect potion for an anxiety attack.
There are those who never knew what anxiety or panic attacks were until now. We constantly indulge ourselves in front of CNN, our local new stations, and social media where we are fed nothing but negativity.
Can someone explain to me how knowing the amount of deaths due to COVID will better my current state of mind? Oh, and don’t forget about the live look at caskets being buried and body bags being brought out, great for the mind, right? Why don’t we hear about the numerous amounts of people who beat the virus, or tested negative?
I’m not a professional by any means, but I deal with anxiety and I was raised to know right from wrong. I am damn sure that scaring the world with terrifying statistics and graphics does not stop this virus or better those hurting from this physically or mentally.
So, turn off the TV, get off that bullshit article you’re reading on
DailyMail, appreciate those around you, and give yourself self-care that normally wouldn’t be possible.
And for the love of God, stop talking about politics, please. We as a country need to come together as one and keep all the petty bullshit stowed away for the elections.
We have enough negativity and madness in the world, do we really need to add politics to this already crazy mess?
At the end of the day, WE the people have the control. We have the power to make this end, not President Trump, not those goofy ass people on TV who don’t follow their own advice, and definitely not those drained and hardworking frontline workers out there.
This is my heartfelt thank you and shout out to the healthcare workers, first responders, all grocery store employees, essential businesses, therapists, and the list goes on!
But, until that long-awaited time comes, it’s essential during these trying times to take care of yourself. We’re blessed (and cursed) to have the technology we do to make this process a whole hell of a lot easier.
Take care of yourself, cherish the time you are lucky enough to spend with the ones you love, and stay safe.
For those like me who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder or are just having a tough time recently, here are a few tools I use that may help you too:
Lazarus Natural Cannabidiol (CBD) – A CBD product line that has done amazing things for me and my battle with anxiety. They offer a variety of different products from tinctures to capsules. There are different milligrams and dosages available for those just starting out and those who are familiar. Feel free to reach out to chat about Lazarus and any questions you may have. I personally have found the cycling frog 100 mg capsules to be my favorite, especially for anxiety.
The Anxiety & Worry Workbook– An interactive and knowledgeable workbook helps you understand anxiety, where it comes from, and how to put it in its place. It also features a lot of interactive pages that actually help you learn more about your own anxiety that you may have not been able to figure out before. I do use this workbook in addition to talking to a therapist, but the workbook has been said to work wonders on its own. I highly recommend it, especially if you struggle with anxiety during this time.
Hardcore Self Help F**k Anxiety – You read that right… one of the best books I’ve ever read about anxiety. The author talks about the reality of anxiety from a blunt standpoint, which is what some of us need. It’s not a “serious” book, but rather a book that pokes fun at what those with anxiety go through and how to deal with it. Further, the title says enough, go check it out.
4-7-8 Breathing Exercises – This may seem like a simple and useless tool, but it’s gotten me out of countless panic attacks. It’s important to practice when you’re relaxed and not just when you have a panic attack. Practicing this during a calm time will teach your body to associate it with relaxing as opposed to stress and fear. All you do is inhale for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, and exhale for eight seconds, enough to feel the air escaping from your belly.
I hope these tools will help at least one person, and please, don’t ever hesitate to reach out.