Its like a kick in the groin. You don’t feel it at first, but if you wait a few seconds, it hits you. This is happening to many people right now and we need to take a moment of pause to look after outselves.
COVID-19 seems to taken a toll on us. Some in a small, minor way but for others, the world is a giant weight hanging around our necks. Tempers are short, frustration is at an all time high. We’re scared. Well, those of us that believe the pandemic is serious and that we need to take every precaution needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones are scared. Those who believe that this is all a hoax or a giant conspiracy have nothing to worry about. Tell that to the 1,000,000 people who have died around the world. Yep, just a hoax. Many will believe London City Councilor Van Holst who has taken to quoting Homer (not that Homer) stating that sacrificing a few for the good of the many is acceptable. While MVH is entitled to his opinion, is he serving his constituents by spreading this nonsense? The unfortunate thing is that many believe in what he says, despite science and data saying otherwise.
Parents are sending kids back to school….a bittersweet moment. Glad they can resume their schooling and see their buds, but terrified that their kid will get sick. Huge lineups at COVID testing centres, frustration that although it was predicted a second wave would be coming, we’re not prepared. We’ve seen it already in other parts of the world. The fact we have a few students testing positive after visiting downtown bars has further concerned many.
Social media has ramped its anger, disinformation and downright ignorance and stupidity. I admit I’m a hot head, but am damn impressed with myself at the number of times I’ve either not replied to a comment, was about to comment but deleted it before I could push send or my restraint in not using the “f” word more than I usually do or simply calling those idiots a bunch of mindless, moronic dumbasses. Oops, there, I said it.
All of this is ON TOP of what we are already dealing with in our own worlds and heads. I’m not going to elaborate, but a friend of mine and her family, are grieving as a friend took his own life. My heart is sad as I write this. However, it serves a reminder to take care of ourselves. Talking can be tough, especially for men, but trust me, it works. Taking care of your mental health is as critical as trying to prevent COVID and we cannot dismiss this fact. Taking a moment, or a day for ourselves is step one. Shutting down is a good thing. Getting off Idiotbook, I mean Facebook is another way.
One mom was feeling guilty for not doing housework on the first day the kids are back to school. Who gives a damn about the housework. Take the day for yourself to relax, refresh. Watch TV, read a book, have a physically distant coffee with a friend (might I recommend Locomotive Espresso?). I did a few times last week and it did wonders for my attitude. One dude on Twitter found it hard and felt guilty for focusing on himself instead of others. Can’t help others if you’re not in the best of shape my friend.
It may be a long road ahead, but I believe we will come out on the other side. The first step is to take care of yourself. Talk. Talk to a friend. A counsellor, whomever you feel comfortable. Suicide is not the answer. I killed myself three and a half years ago but here I am. Yet, given all that has happened to me, the current climate we live it and the missing of “normal”, I’m glad I failed. I’m still standing (yes, I really am thanks to 2 cool new feet). I have more to be grateful for than to be sad about. Yes of course I get into a funk. But then I shut it down, watch some Avengers or Simpsons, enjoy some Doritos or a raisin butter tart (or 4 tarts 😜) and I’m good to go. Lets be there for those who need us….as long as we take care of ourselves too.