Pandemic Era:It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

It does not matter if you have had zero history of mental health issues. In the pandemic era with covid19 turning our lives upside down, feelings of anxiety and depression are bound to pop up. The severity and degree of this will, of course, hinge on your personality type, how isolated you are, and financial hardships. You may find yourself feeling sad. You may find yourself edgy and agitated. You may even feel consumed by an inexplicable anxiety you’ve never experienced before. What you should know is this is totally normal.

No matter how many people tell you to chill, to calm down, that, this, too shall pass…It’s okay to not be okay.

I have my misgivings about anyone who isn’t impacted in some way in the midst of the chaos of living during a pandemic. While the news is filled with stories of people helping others out and maintaining some sort of positive spirited attitude, it takes only a glimpse of the rising statistics of infection and deaths or an interview with a tearful hospital worker to push the positive aside. It’s normal for despair to overtake the positive. Most of us have never lived through a pandemic so while this is new territory, the fact that some thing alter our mental landscape remains the same as it has always been.

“I’m not depressed, I’ve never been depressed before. I’m just tired of being locked down.”

“I don’t have anxiety, I’m just worried about not paying the bills or having food.”

Whether people realize it or not, these feelings are very real, very normal, and can be precursors to serious mental health issues down the line. It’s best not to ignore or dismiss your own feelings right now. Remember- it’s okay to not be okay.

What can you do to bolster your spirits and make the current situation less grueling? I found this article on Psych Central .

They also host a weekly Facebook event to help people who are struggling with current events. Keep in mind, this is not limited to people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. You need not have any history of problems. This is specifically geared toward helping people, right now, cope with the uncertainty, the anxiety, and the depression involved in the pandemic era. You can wash your hands a thousand times, wear a mask out, stay in 99.9% of the time, eat properly, work out like a fiend and you still need to practice self care for your mental health. This article can point you in the direction of what you can do to care for body and mind.

I also found another article that hit home with me.

It’s 7 reasons *some* people are handling the pandemic better than others. The bottom line is, those of who do have mental health issues spend 24-7 in a dark uncertain place riddled with anxiety and fear, often isolating from others. This is our wheelhouse. We are finally the normal ones and you all get to be there with us. We take no joy in your misery, mind you, but we do feel better that because we’re mentally disordered, we are indeed handling lockdowns and isolation better than some. It’s a good read.

Lastly, if your feelings of isolation or financial worry are beginning to consume you and lead you to despair…Most places across the world have set up mental health hotlines you can call for free guidance and a friendly voice on the other end of the line. Reach out if you need to. Sometimes hearing someone commiserate is all we need to help us accept that our situation sucks, but it sucks for others so…

It’s okay to not be okay.

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