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Recognizing stress during COVID times...

THESE ARE STRESSFUL TIMES… many of us have been and continue to be affected by the recent pandemic; We can’t go to work, we can’t go to school and some persons have lost their jobs and have no idea how they will pay their bills and feed their family. Others have friends or relatives who live far away with no one else in the house. They are worried about them, and sadly some have loved ones who have been victims to this pandemic. What does this all mean? It means that regardless of class, profession, ethnicity, age, gender, political affiliation, or personal possessions, Coronavirus aka COVID-19 has stripped this all away leaving nothing but uncertainty. 

Most of us have retreated to our homes in panic, fear and/or anxiety, unaware of our next steps.  

How can we get a grip on ourselves and emotions? 

I received the below message via WhatsApp (maybe you did too) and as much as I laughed until I cried it carries a serious message. Please read...

“People are going crazy from being on lock down! Actually I’ve been talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking coffee and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn’t mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything. Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing. The vacuum was very unsympathetic...told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over! The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked it’s opinion and didn’t say anything but the door knob told me to get a grip. The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to... yes you guessed it... pull yourself together.

I am not pointing any fingers but if you have already started to make friends with the items in your home you are not alone. I sure have given mine names.

Ultimately, our current situation have taken away our freedom and involuntarily being confined to our homes has made what was once familiar, unfamiliar.  We had to create new bonds with our cell phones, TVs, laptops even our appliances, but is that all! What else is happening to us? Are you rearranging the furniture, constantly pulling the refrigerator door (no doubt it’s humming more in annoyance now); are we irritated by our children’s playful laughs, the touch from a significant other and are we feeling lonely despite surrounded by loved ones? What about sleep, when last have you had a good rest? Are you experiencing a surge of emotions all at the same time and you just can’t think or act rationally?

Research shows that the above mentioned feelings are just some examples of the psychological effects of isolation (Berinato, 2020). The fact that we are deprived from ‘normal human interaction’; something so simple and yet vital to our well-being along with the necessities of life; it is having considerable impacts on our mental health."

So what can we do?  Talk about it! If we can’t talk,  sing about it! What is going on in your new normal?

Reference article by:

 Jacqueline Pilgrim-Jemmott & JW.ORG