Hello lovelies! First of all, how are you? Where are you, what are you up to? How are you feeling?
With the current situation sweeping across the globe, I’ve been trying to share and also be in the know of all the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 virus – as I’m sure most of us are.
Today however, I wanted to take a break and check in on everyone and have a chat about what seems to be a rough time for everyone around the world – regardless of location, nationality, age, gender, status…and the list goes on. So…
HOW ARE YOU FEELING?
“Only in the darkness, can you see the stars”
There’s a lot of uncertainty around what’s happening right now. And it’s only natural that our anxiety and stress levels are also at an all time high.
Internet and social media being a blessing and a curse all rolled into one, we’re being bombarded with exuberant amounts of information 24/7. From doomsday theories to panic shopping, legitimate facts to helpful tips and advice, it can get quite overwhelming.
For those of you who are feeling scared, uncertain and anxious, please remember that you’re not alone.
This is the first time in many of our (and even our elders’ lifetime) that we’re in the same boat globally. We’re all faced with the same uncertainties, same question marks and fears and same toilet paper shortage – which I still can’t wrap my head around to be honest.
I think times like these are a great reminder that panic and fear are probably more dangerous than what’s at hand.
Stress and anxiety not only compromise our immune system (which can make us more susceptible to illnesses), but it also clouds our judgement on how to navigate ourselves, our loved ones and the greater collective as safely and effectively as possible.
It wouldn’t be fair to simply tell people “don’t worry” cos we’re going through a rough patch right now, but it’s also important to check in on each other, support one another and share ways to help each other keep calm and focused.
SOCIAL DISTANCING and SELF ISOLATION
Given the pattern of how this virus operates, I think it’s safe to say most countries will sooner or later follow suit of Italy and Spain and go into lockdown.
I don’t have the technical knowledge to comment on the ramifications of what a lockdown will have on economy and businesses, and unfortunately individuals’ finances. No doubt there will be an aftermath.
But on the silver-lining side, I truly believe it presents a time of reflection both personally and collectively.
Social isolation/distancing is not only helpful in breaking the chain of this virus spreading, but it’s also imperative in taking the load of our healthcare systems.
We cannot possibly repay the selfless hard work of our doctors and nurses, who are putting their own health and lives at risk in fighting this on the forefront. But we can help them out by being mindful and responsible.
With this virus affecting the respiratory health of those who are in high risk category and needing hospital beds, ventilators and dedicated doctors and nurses, a sudden influx of cases would stretch our resources to its limits. And that’s when things can get out of hand, including health officials having to pick and choose whose lives to save. That’s the part that scares me the most.
We all need to act sensibly and responsibly to prevent things from getting to that stage and embrace social distancing and self-isolation for these reasons.
OUR TIME IN ISOLATION
I think we’re all aware of the crazy pace that our world (and lives) usually operates in. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we’re pretty much on auto-pilot and that becomes our “norm”.
In a world of consumerism where nothing is ever enough, we quickly lose sense of our roots, our actual needs and the real important things in life. We forget that everything we have access to from running water, to clean air we breathe, the food that is readily available in stores to having a roof over our heads, not to mention all our practical luxuries are all a blessing we almost expect to always be there.
When was the last time you genuinely stopped to smell the roses…so to speak? When did you ever sit in silence and analyzed how you live your life, what your deeper needs and desires are, whether you’re genuinely happy with your choices or sketch a blueprint of how you can change things?
This phase we’ve been shoved into is: Time, silence and thoughts birthing change, ideas and transformation on so many fronts.
In a messed up kinda way, we’re being presented with an opportunity that we would never elect to create for ourselves otherwise.
Utilise this time to do some self-reflection, spending quality time with your loved ones, catching up on all the things you’ve been putting off or been too busy to attend to. Read that book, watch that show, de-clutter that closet, create, learn a new recipe, sign up to an online course to learn new skills and so much more.
On the blessing side of internet and social media, stay connected to not only your loved ones but to people around the world who are in the exact same situation as you.
If you see a post from someone showing signs of stress or anxiety, send them a message to say “you’re not alone” – even if you don’t know them. Be mindful of elderly people who are in high risk category, ask if they need anything; give them a helping hand if they do.
Self-detox from fear-mongering information. Whilst it’s good to stay up to date with the news, stay away from posts that trigger fear in you. Stick to reputable sources you trust, follow the developments announced by your government and health officials.
Share with people what’s working for you such as meditation, videos and content that promote calm and sensibility rather than those that induce fear and panic.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE and THIS IS NOT PERMANENT
As with everything in life, good or bad, this too will pass. Yes we’re right in the midst of it right now, but how we handle this phase is also determining how we come out of it.
This is a time of unity, care and support globally.
I’m sure there will be many things that will forever change moving on from this, but I’m also hopeful that it will all be for the better of both our world and humanity.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay in touch. Big “screen hugs” to you all! SARAH xo
Lets chat! Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below; xo