Over the last few weeks, our world has dramatically changed. We are having to home school our children, which means if we are still able to to work, doing our jobs and home schooling each one of our kids. We are being cooped up in our homes and don’t feel like the light is at the end of the tunnel. We are more cross and agitated than ever before. Many of us are seeing our income dwindle while expenses are mounting, the search for basic necessities like toilet paper have reached all time ridiculous levels and many of us are fighting depression, anxiety, and mental fatigue more than ever.
The news gives us all kinds of hacks to help us but it isn’t an easy journey to withstand. I’ve seen more people in the last few weeks show attitudes on Facebook that have really made me question things. We’re all there. We are trying to keep moving and put on brave faces and go about our days but the frustration levels are peaking. It will be a mad house when businesses go back to work. People will be so grateful just to get out of the house and be productive again that it will be difficult to maintain the social distancing that has been put in place.
So what can we do in the meantime? Staying calm is the first thing. Yes it is easier said than done but it is necessary in order to keep some type of balance. I’m seeing a lot of folks on Facebook who are angry about not being able to go back to work and while it’s understandable, it’s not doing anyone any good to see the constant complaints. If anything, it’s making people want to shut off social media so that they don’t have to see all the bickering, whining, and anger that people are facing. I know for me, it’s made me want to stop looking at the feeds because while I totally get where people are coming from, it’s really difficult to keep a positive mindset when you see nothing but negative remarks.
Stay away from those who are sick. This should be a no brainer. Yet, some folks have absolutely no way to do this. If you are at risk of getting sick, please do not go around everyone else. If you knowingly go out and are either sick or at risk of being a carrier, you are putting everyone else at a high risk of getting sick. I get it. There’s a lot of folks who have been asymptomatic and it can’t always be avoided. Listen to what we’re being told. Keep at least six feet away and wear gloves when you know you have to pump gas, or pick up items. There is such a thing as cross contamination but be aware of what you’re doing. Don’t intentionally touch your face or do things to contaminate your surroundings.
Use some common sense. Basic hygiene is a must. We need to remember to wash our hands. It’s easy to blow things off. But times are such that we must adhere to some serious adjustments in the way we approach things. I’m not a huge proponent of freaking out over germs. There are some people who are germ busters and while I’m not one of them, I do believe in making sure I’m protecting myself. I hate wearing masks. It’s difficult to breathe and uncomfortable. But I am aware that if I don’t wear one, then I’m subjecting myself and possibly others to a risk of getting sick.
One of my friends thinks this isn’t serious. In fact, there’s actually a couple of folks that I know who think that this is being blown out of proportion. Tell that to the men and women who have gotten sick from this virus. Each of them that survived has said this is the worst thing they’ve ever had to fight. I was at the gas station this morning and a woman pumping her gas didn’t have a mask on, was coughing her head off and not covering her mouth. Even if we don’t believe that there are reasons that we agree with, we are supposed to be taking this seriously. Is this a manufactured problem that the government and media are pushing? It’s difficult to ascertain for sure. I don’t disagree that we need to work. I hate the shortages of groceries that we are all dealing with. I truly hope that this doesn’t last much longer. Because in the grand scheme of things, we are all exasperated. We are all trying to do what we’re supposed to.
My hope for each of you is that you are all able to stay healthy. I hope that if you aren’t working that you can get back to work quickly and safely. I never like to see anyone being cooped up if it’s possible for them to be out and about. Hang in there everyone. It’s a bumpy ride but one that we are all in together.