Life is a really odd experience right now to say the least. Our current world and projection of reality is one where toilet paper has become somewhat a form of common currency, our mere rugged hands that work tirelessly day-in and day-out are drenched in alcohol-infused hospital grade sanitisers and where big hopes and dreams are continuously being washed away by excessive pandemic panic and toxic thinking. Our world is spiralling into chaos and the mayhem is predicted to only get worse in the coming months.
Here is what I have learned and will incorporate as my coping mechanisms for the weeks and months ahead. I wish to share them with you if you’re interested in incorporating any or all of it. If it floats your boat, steal it and share it. If it doesn’t cause any ripples in your thoughts or consciousness, then my verbiage has only consumed some minute seconds of your precious life.
This pandemic that is COVID-19 is actually happening! You haven’t just woken up into a nightmare or disaster. This is actually happening.
Radical acceptance and self-education is key to understanding the full nature of this disease and sharing the implications of this virus in our communities, our world, our people.
Acceptance does not mean we blindly give in to what is happening around us. Acceptance means to simply be present and stop fighting reality, stop responding with destructive behaviours and let go of bitterness that may suffocate or destroy us and our spirits. I believe radical acceptance is key to reviewing the current situation, putting into place mechanisms to cope and whilst preparing to find solutions to solve the problem. There is absolutely no room for ignorance or to live in a confined bubble right now. The world is currently experiencing a pandemic and we are all at risk! Extra care and safety measures need to be abided by to ensure everyone’s health and well-being.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Learning and education is critical in keeping up with how to look after yourselves and each other. I am no medical professional and my remit via this blog is not to share any medical or professional guidance. What I do know is that this disease does not discriminate! Anyone can get it. And sadly, some will be affected more severely than others, depending on the age segments that they fall into and their status of health and well-being. I encourage everyone to continue reading informative and insightful content and advice from trustworthy and authentic sources, share this information with those at risk and those that should be advised, research and communicate with health professionals that are at your disposal.
Everyone talks about ‘common sense’ and doing the ‘right’ things. There are so many articles and guides online that can be followed to ensure you are less susceptible of being infected with this disease. Do those things, religiously! The time is now. You need to hold yourself accountable and maintain health and strict hygiene practices. Speak to your doctor or a health professional if you’re unsure of what that should look like. Don’t suffer in silence. Ask the silly questions, do your research, be disciplined and informed about what to do and what not to do.
Prepare, prepare, prepare! Be vigilant and take precautionary steps, but also be considerate and don’t hord excessively on supplies. Sharing is caring, especially in challenging and trying times like the present when there is a global shortage of so many necessities. The necessities which we usually take for granted! Think of your loved ones and the wider communities. Allow enough for yourself however remember that there are others that will also need what you need. Be balanced! Be considerate! Be thoughtful!
EMBRACE YOUR FAITH
It’s possible to have unwavering faith but times like this can be particularly trying and soul wrenching for many. We are constantly bombarded by the media, scare tactics are on the rise and we are lost for words and wisdom when people are losing their lives or their greatest asset, their health.
A strong support network is imperative to help you keep going in this chaotic environment. Keep your family and friends close. Here are some simple things to remember and try if your faith is fading:
- Keep your head up
- Take it one day at a time
- Stay positive (sometimes you need to fake it till you make it)
- Maintain high spirits
- Have a sense of perspective
- Share your sentiments with your loved ones
- Take care of each other
- Connect with yourself and reconnect with those you haven’t checked in with in awhile
- Make time for self care
- Journal and reflect on your experiences
- Physical activity and exercise
- Genuinely listen and lend a supporting hand
- Pray and meditate
- Spend time in nature
- Takes deep breaths and consume copious amounts of fresh air
- Practise mindfulness
Let kindness be your superpower. No matter where you are in the world or what your circumstances are, remember you need to be kind to yourself and those around you. Everyone’s under massive stress, stricken by fear or confused and perplexed. In times like this, kindness and understanding are even more important and critical for mental health and care. Before you say something that may be offensive or hurtful think deeply about it, before you judge someone negatively check in with yourself and question why you feel that way, before you act or react in a harmful manner redirect your thoughts or reframe the situation to a more positive light. Be extra sensitive about the needs of others and yourselves and learn to observe and listen first and foremost. Seek guidance from your family and elders, your mentors, your trusted friends and peers or even someone you can confide in. Just simply remember to be kind!
We are all in this together. Let’s flatten the curve and look after ourselves and each other – with kindness, utmost care and unconditional love. United together as one, we can bring forth a world of hope and healing.