Let’s talk about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Hi everyone!

Lately I’ve wanted to draw my mind away from the big C word that everyone’s been talking about and I felt like in order to do so properly I needed to let my thoughts out on the subject (because that makes sense πŸ˜‚). Before I get into this I just want to say that this is NOT a negative post that will bring you down (or I hope it’s not!). I’d like to think it would do the complete opposite, I hope this post helps to put your mind at rest a bit.

I feel like I’ve numbed myself against being scared about the Coronavirus. It’s no surprise to me that I’ve blocked out the worry about it all as I tend to do that and only now is it coming in handy πŸ˜‚ but that doesn’t mean that seeing it plastered all over social media isn’t affecting me, if anything it’s making me angry. The majority of the anger is directed at those that aren’t being cautious of course…

I can’t explain it πŸ€” Maybe its not angry, it’s tense? It might be my way of worrying about it all πŸ˜‚ I don’t know. It makes me vexed whenever I try to escape from hearing it in reality (as boy do I hear people ranting about it day to day in my life, with some people I know it’s all they talk about) but as much as that annoys me, at the same time I know that it is important to speak out about it as it’s very serious and those that don’t realize that need to be told…I feel horrible even saying that it annoys me but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Usually when stuff is going on I can escape from it but this just seems to infiltrate itself into everything. I can see that I’m jumping on the bandwagon by voicing it now but I’m not doing it to fearmonger, just to let out the thoughts that have been eroding my mind and hopefully help others who feel the same.

It’s so horrible to think that this is affecting people, physically and mentally. Whilst we self isolate ourselves remember to stay present, within yourself and when with loved ones. Try not to shut your mind out in order to cope (like me I guess but not entirely as I’m still feeling it, I’ve never actually thought of it like that πŸ€”πŸ˜‚).

Do the things you love because you can like reading, baking, drawing, yoga and so on. Every now and then try to take your mind off it for the sake of your sanity as it’s unhealthy to become obsessed with it. It’s OKAY to separate yourself amidst it all. At the same time it is highly important to keep it in a part of our minds so that we don’t slack on the preventative measures we must take. I understand it’s not as simple as just telling yourself to stop but if we do other things, at some point our mind has to peel itself away for a moment or two + escape and that’s something isn’t it? I often feel guilty for trying to be positive about it as many can’t be that way but if that’s what gets me through then so be it ✨

TALK to loved ones, be it face to face if you live together (from a distance of course!) or through the phone. I’m sick and tired of people saying iTs NOt tHe saMe As WheN ThEy’re InFronT oF YoU, no one is stupid, we’re aware of that. Each form of communication has its own set of drawbacks/benefit’s but they each connect us to each other all the same and we NEED that connection more than ever right now.

Check in on friends/family (virtually might be the way to go) as not many people are used to being cut off from their livelihood like this and you never know how someone is truly feeling until you ask. I’m used to being stuck inside a lot because of my chronic pain so it doesn’t faze me as much, maybe I’ll write a post about that someday (take inspiration where you can! πŸ˜‚). That’s not to say it won’t be hard, I’m still going to find it difficult but then so are most, I’m going to just look forward to when this is all over and make plans for then ✨. For now, I can go for walks up the road (or around the garden with the dogs to get out when I am well and able πŸƒ

At the moment all we can do is keep clean (not only for ourselves but for others) and follow the guidelines of both the government & healthcare professionals.

Here in Ireland it is luckily being taken seriously by most people (sadly not all) and childcare facilities are being closed down (so my sister is at home as she works in a creche), a lot of shopkeepers are wearing gloves to handle money, gatherings are being stopped (such as the Saint Patrick’s Day parade) and also concerts are being postponed and most venues are closed as well such as pubs after recent events.

People are being advised to keep their distance from each other and it is also important to be aware that there are people that are more at risk of getting it the worst, for example: people with low immunity such as (and not limited to) the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses, for example: people with respiratory issues. My mum is on tablets that shut down her immune system so that her body doesn’t fight her new kidney so she is at risk, as is the rest of my family for their own reasons now that I think about it, including myself. We need to wash our hands more mindfully than usual and cough into a tissue or the inner side of our elbow (as that part of your body ain’t gonna interact with nothin) and be careful interacting with others.

If you are worried about catching the virus then acknowledge the preventative measures you are taking, like I mentioned above, they are all YOU can do (I know there’s probably more helpful advice that is avoiding me at the moment) and sticking with them is a feat in itself that will most likely pay off πŸ™Œ

If you’re upset about a cancelled concert or the fact that you can’t do something now then try to put it into perspective, it’s for the best and that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it in the future sheerly because you won’t be putting yourself and countless others at risk now. Play your part and ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things does my sacrifice tally up against someone getting hurt because of it? No, it doesn’t. I sound a bit harsh here but it’s true! πŸ˜‚

I’ve seen people saying that they don’t care what they do in terms of precautions as they don’t think that they will catch it or that it will matter much if they do. I’m sure it would be appreciated if they looked past their views and took into consideration those around them instead.

Many are panic buying in bulk meaning that others who are either in the same predicament or much worse off are left without the essentials, now how is that fair? I’ve heard of robberies taking place and shop assistants getting attacked because they are not working to the high standard that some panic buyers are setting. I’ve also heard that in some busy stores, despite the empty shelves, they have the stock but staff don’t have the time to put it all out because they are being worked so hard by certain customers. This is all so sad and unnecessary. People need to remember that most of us are in the same boat but there are those that don’t have the so called luxury because it’s been taken away from them. #bekind it takes absolutely nothing πŸ’•

It’s weird seeing signs telling you through the medium of pictures how to properly wash your hands in every crevice as because of my mum being on dialysis all those years ago we all wash our hands that intricate way anyway due to helping her with her machine. It brings back bleak but now happy memories as she got her kidney transplant in the end πŸ˜„ We’ve dug out some old powerful hand sanitizer that she was given at the time and that stuff is STRONG πŸ€’πŸ˜‚ Gosh I’ll be going about my day and just smell it, it’s so weird how some things just stay with you from your past.

My mum and I were talking about the virus the other evening and in that moment I had a strong sense that it felt like we were in some movie talking about this big disease that’s “taking over”. I put that in commas because I don’t like to think that it is true. None of this feels real and yet it is.

I’m not fearful, it sort of feels like I’ve accepted it but deep down I know that I haven’t, it’s just my way of dealing with things. Despite there not being a vaccine against the virus yet, I heard that there are anti-inflammatories being trialed that are really helping with the respiratory problems that it is causing so that’s great πŸ‘ Good news is out there too and little snippets of it are passing through, it just gets overshadowed and bad news takes precedence. Something will be found and done to stop this, so much progress has already been made. Maybe it will fizzle out as these flu like things always thrive in the cold/Winter weather and it seems to be getting hotter? I don’t know. Maybe there is some scientist out there working away on the very thing that could beat it πŸ’«

I can’t help but try to look for the positives in all of this (or as positive as things can get) even though there are so many bad things happening to people and my heart goes out to them.

I pray that you are all safe, DON’T let the news drag you down into a state of panic. Or if you’re like me and aren’t that worried but feel guilty about that because not everyone can distance themselves/their minds from it then know that it’s okay to not want/be able to associate with it or think about it even though it is affecting everything at the moment if that makes sense? If we follow the guidelines/rules (God this sounds like a dystopian novel) then we should be okay, it’s all you can do at the end of the day. Also, If you are unwell then be sure to contact the healthcare authorities so that your mind can be put at rest πŸ’•

Thank you for reading! 😊 I feel less tense about it after thinking all this through, writing down my feelings and in turn getting it out of my system. What are your thoughts on the Coronavirus? I’m with you if you’d rather not talk about it (massive contradiction there as I’ve just written a whole bloody post about it, but you know what I mean πŸ˜‚). Stay strong, keep safe and take care! ❀️

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  1. Such a great post! ❀️ It’s just what I need to hear. I will watch less news from now on because it only makes me have more anxiety. I’m glad your mum and family are okay. I’m happy that you take it this way. I wish to distant my mind from it because I cry every day when I think of all the ones suffering. It’s hard to be sensitive, an empath and suffer from anxiety. I have always been that way. Writing and doing the things we love to do will help us. I also do yoga and meditation every day. It’s surreal everything but it will be okay one day I guess. Love you and stay safe πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you! πŸ€— Yes definitely keep on doing the things that you love, I hadn’t realized how beneficial meditation is until I tried it yesterday so I understand why you love it so much now πŸ˜„ it will all pass but until then we must keep going and not guilt ourselves when we don’t feel up to it, take everyday as it comes and distance yourself from the things that you don’t feel are helping you cope. Take care lovely πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! It helps to keep your head and address this issue with an appropriate level of seriousness. Preventative measures are essential but also taking the time to think of others. Caring for yourself will in turn help care for others. Checking in often and taking notice of your actions can help a ton. Thank you for the reminders and the positivity boost! Much needed ❀

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