There appears to be two type of people at the moment: 1) those that joke about Corona virus, drink a Corona beer at the weekend and are generally pretty chill about the whole situation; 2) those panicking, bulk buying and also causing mass hysteria in offices and schools by diagnosing everyone who coughs.
It is a pretty strange time. People are having holidays and events cancelled. We’re all keeping a eye on our elderly relatives and taking pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets. Some of us are self isolating.
It is a time of uncertainty and fear. When these things are happening, we all have a sense of worry. If this is something that you have regularly experienced, you may be quite triggered by the situation at the moment. I know of friends who are struggling to sleep due to panic attacks which has been heightened by coronavirus fears.
I think the first thing to say is: your fear is valid. It is a scary situation and you shouldn’t feel silly for feeling a bit scared. Secondly, like physical health – don’t take chances on your mental health. If you feel your mental health declining – reach out to someone.
Personally, I’m dreading having to self-isolate because I know how important getting out and seeing people is for my depression and anxiety. A lot of my coping strategies rely on being outside, socialising and exercising. Therefore I’m trying to come up with some contingency plans for if I have to stay indoors.
While some people are stocking up on loo roll, I’m going to stock up on self-care strategies. I’d suggest everyone does the same and take care of one another. Remember, mental health is as important as physical health so look after both!
Positive of the day: I had a really fun night with my housemates last night and then one of them cooked me breakfast this morning!
(Sick Mask GIF by Alice Social)