This isn’t going to be my typical blog post. At a time like this, it’s impossible to go about business as usual. All of our lives have been affected by the virus in some way or another. I also know there’s already a lot of information out there about COVID-19, the economy and job loss, and mental issues stemming from prolonged isolation.
So, why am I even bothering writing about a topic that’s been front page news for weeks? I think it’s worth reiterating that the majority of us are suffering from anxiety and depression from the uncertainty that many of us face as a result of COVID-19 and it’s impact on businesses and the economy. While social distancing and self-imposed isolation are critical at this time, we would be remiss to believe that these policies wouldn’t have an effect on our mental state.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men live their lives in quiet desperation.” Sometimes social media convinces us that we are not living our lives right. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen many posts of people chilling in their fashionable loungewear and announcing that they’re doing their “inner work,” meditating, playing board games, or something that sounds pretty darn relaxing. I’m happy for those individuals, but there are many others who are truly suffering from the consequences of this terrible pandemic.
The truth is that some people are going to have an easier time than others. Nurses, medical professionals, truck drivers, and delivery workers are on the front lines and are putting their lives at risk every day. Others are working from home, trying to keep their business afloat so that they won’t have to permanently close their doors. This is a difficult time, and it’s completely normal to feel anxious and depressed. Sometimes life is difficult and painful. However, it’s also important to remember that life is always changing and that difficult times eventually pass. We only have to look at history to see this.
During challenging times, it has always helped me to know that others were going through the same or a similar struggle. You’ve probably already heard this: We’re in this together. No matter how bad it looks or feels, just remember that you’re not alone. Many people out there feel the same way you do. I, for one, have experienced the full the spectrum of anxiety and depression, even though my job is one where I can work from home. Despite the fact that I’m actually an introvert, I have experienced some of the negative effects of isolation. What has helped me most is talking to others and knowing that I’m not the only one who feels this way.
All we can do is take one day at a time and be kind to each other. Someday soon the quarantine will be lifted and once again we’ll be able to go out and socialize. This time we won’t take the usual things for granted. What I look forward to most is going back to taking my weekly dance class. What will you do when this quarantine is over?