Dealing With It All Right Now
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
I want to be open and I want to be real, right now things feel a little difficult. It's sad to see the world in a state of panic, pressure and uncertainty. This year, everyone's life has been turned upside down in some type of way because of this global pandemic.
I have been living the absolute dream for the last six months. I have been blessed with being able to live in a city which I absolutely adore and meeting some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Yet, this month everything changed and I honestly (like most people) feel very drained. I have had to say goodbye to some truly special people in my life and it has been so heartbreaking to watch them leave.
I don't want to dwell on all these negative thoughts too much but for me, expressing how I feel about a situation is what helps me comes to terms with it (even if it is not straight away). What I want people to get out of this is the idea that it is okay to talk about how you feel in this current climate. A lot of people are going through the same emotions and that's why at this time, I think it is vital to create a support network for not only friends, family but for myself as well.
What do I mean by a 'support network'? Well for me, it means a variation of things right now.
1) Most importantly, it means staying in regular contact with loved ones and friends. Try and schedule a FaceTime chat regularly or message asking people how they have been. Although it is hard to feel any type of 'normality' at the moment, try to do so as it will help make the situation seem 10 times less stressful. Talk about a Netflix series you have been loving, a favourite memory you have had with that person, anything to help you feel at peace.
2) It means making sure to surround yourself with people that you love. If you feel a little in the dark, reach out to someone. If you can go out or can have people around, utilise these opportunities.
3) It means doing things for yourself. So if you are in isolation/lockdown, think about ways you can use your time. Use this time to be proactive but also don't let this idea of having to be 'productive' all the time get you down. Although its a good chance to start a new hobby or work on yourself, take things at your own pace. Though, keeping yourself busy will make the days not feel as long or draining.
4) Although it is not easy, try to seek the positives. This is something I'm personally struggling with but just think about future plans you can get excited about and know that soon everything will be back to normal (even if it feels a long long way).
Admittedly, my words, thoughts and advice are very jumbled at the moment. I still have a lot to process myself but I really wanted to note these feelings I have as a way to reach out to people and make them feel less alone. Yes, things feel very uncertain but it's something which will feel less daunting if we cope with it altogether.