I’ve been trying not to write about the coronavirus… it’s not because I don’t believe it’s a serious thing, in fact, it’s the opposite.
Everywhere you turn, there is news on COVID-19, what to do, what not to do, and how many new cases there are.
I’m scared, just like everyone else.
Today, I wanted to write about it because it’s not going away any time soon. On a mental health blog, I need to discuss how this coronavirus pandemic is effecting our mental state.
- How are you holding up?
- Is social distancing good or bad?
When I ask this, I’m not asking whether you feel it’s the right decision, assume that it is. We need to distance ourselves if we want to keep healthy.
But how is this distance effecting our mental health?
Honestly, for me, so far, it’s no big deal. I’m happy to stay indoors with my family. We don’t have to see anyone unless we choose to.
I’m fortunate enough that I can work from home. We moved to a small town before the outbreak, so as long as we stick to the rules of social distancing and cleanliness, we have a very low risk of getting the virus.
We still have to go out from time to time, for food and supplies, but for the most part, we’ve been pretty isolated.
My concern is the people who don’t care. For lack of better words, I’m going to just refer to these people as ‘the stupid people.’
It’s not even ignorance. Ignorance is reserved for the people who just aren’t aware. They don’t know any better. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge.
Stupidity is ignoring the knowledge acquired.
Managing Coronavirus and Our Mental Health
If you are sick, or showing signs of the flu or fever, stay home. Isolate. Phone a doctor (phone first. Don’t just rush to the hospital).
If you have recently travelled, assume you caught the virus and follow the above instructions.
If you are not sick, but have come into contact with ANYONE, assume you have it, stay home… you know the drill.
No one is immune to this. So assume the worst. Fear the worst. Act responsibly.
I had to go to the store today, for a few items. I wore gloves. And I kept my distance of six feet at minimum.
I am confident that I have not contracted the virus, but I’m not so confident about others. We’re pretty safe in our neighbourhood, but I’m not taking any chances.
Because I’m not stupid.
I have no idea how long this will last, and it’s scary how quickly it can spread.
So we’ve made the decision to cancel trips, stay home, keep the kids home, and do very minimal outdoor activities.
We walk daily. We take the kids bike-riding. We avoid other humans.
It’s sad, but until this thing passes, we’re doing our part.
For those who live alone, this time might be even scarier. Even more lonely.
But you can feel safe that there are less chances of you contracting the virus if you keep to yourself.
There’s a lot to do that we can do alone with the means we have. Pick up the phone and call people.
Exercise. Bake. Cook. Sew. Craft. Paint. Read a book. Read another book.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Who knows how long this will last, but if we’re smart, we can get through this.
To those people who don’t care about distance, who are taking risks unnecessarily, you are putting the rest of us in jeopardy.
You might not care, but we do. Please respect our decisions, and keep your distance.
For the rest of us who might be more stressed, more worried, more concerned, more anxious, more depressed, more anything at all, try to remain positive.
I encourage you to list some of the things you’re grateful for.
I encourage you to write or type a letter or email to one person in your life and tell them how much you appreciate them.
We should spread as much virtual love as we can.
Send me an email and let me know you’re ok. We’re stronger standing together, even if six feet apart.