Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Is it just me, or does the whole world seem like it's a chicken with its head chopped cut-off? The Coronavirus has completely turned the world upside down. As we mix in fear of the unknown, the fear of getting the virus, the confusion on how serious it is, along with social isolation, we get =panic.
With everything that is going on in today's world, it's entirely reasonable for you and me to feel anxious and nervous about everything. The uncertainty of what the future will hold alone creates such a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. I sometimes often wonder if our loved ones are looking down at us on Earth, wondering, "what the heck is going on down there?" I wonder what my mom would say about the virus if she were still here today.
The overall thought about Coronavirus sends chills down my spine and sends me into an overdrive of mixed emotions and feelings. Throughout the day, my thoughts go from "the world is going to end" to "nope, we'll be fine." But, as soon as I turn on the news and see Coronavirus Pandemic written across the screen, I freeze on the spot, and I'm back to "yup, the world is going to end." It's a vicious cycle, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that feeling this way.
So, the question is, moving forward, how are we as a society going to be able to handle this mentally? How will we all stay sane throughout this weird period that we are living in? For the next couple of weeks, we are all going to have to learn how to manage the uncertainty. To make it even worse, we slap on social recession and the need to have to isolate ourselves, and our anxiety has just gotten that much worse. The fact that we have to come to terms with increasingly cutting ourselves off from society is something that we all have to learn to accept.
So, what can we do to keep ourselves moving forward? Here's a question for you- When was the last time that you truly found yourself being alone? Since the social isolation started, to not drive myself crazy, I've been trying to connect with myself and my feelings. I've been trying to practice being in a "here and now" moment. I think this is so important and such a healthy habit that we should adopt. Whether I choose to go for a walk or just taking 5-10 mins to myself to meditate, this is something that I'm incorporating into my schedule every day. I've gotten so caught up with the hustle and bustle of the everyday routine that maybe I lost myself a bit along the way.
Taking the time to acknowledge my feelings has allowed me to open up a bit with myself. Guess what feelings were brought on the table first? All the feelings that I associate my mom with, and I found myself finding warm and positive emotions. I found myself thinking about all the good times we spent together and memories that only bring a smile to my face. Being able to reflect on such happy memories that I shared with my mom creates such happiness in my heart and, somehow, a notion of knowing that everything will be ok in the end.
For the next couple of blog posts, I want to go more into details of different ways on how we can all cope with what's going on in this world while dealing with grief. Until the next time I post, please take Coronavirus seriously, please use social distancing, and triple wash your hands!