I think we can all agree, COVID-19 is an extremely stressful situation that we wish we could wake up from and be glad it was just a bad dream.
Before I deleted the CBC app, (for causing me nothing but anxiety), it became apart of my morning routine to check my phone as soon as I woke up to see the latest ‘Breaking News’.
I have heard numerous stories of how this pandemic has impacted peoples lives, and it’s easy to get sucked into the deep pit of pandemic sadness.
My school has been closed indefinitely, I’ve been laid off from my part-time job, my school soccer season has been cancelled, and I can’t see my friends. At first, I found it really hard to adjust to these big changes. As someone with generalized anxiety disorder, structure in my day with many different outlets is crucial. With the absence of my every-day activities and all the sadness in the world, I fell into the deep pit of pandemic sadness.
But one thing has really helped me gather myself up, and climb out of the pit.
It’s amazing how the world comes together when we need each other. If you haven’t already seen the videos of Italians singing together from their balconies, I highly recommend watching them. The beauty of the community coming together, and the gorgeous singing as well, truly made me smile.
In my town, Oak bay, a community FaceBook group has gotten people to put up a different picture in their window’s each day, for little kids to spot on their family walks. On St. Patricks Day, shamrocks filled the windows of our community.
Parts of Vancouver have started a nightly cheer and applause at 7pm for healthcare workers. The world is coming together to support each other through this tough time, and I believe that’s what will get us through this.
I find it really easy to get sucked into the negativity of the world, it’s pretty easy as it’s almost everywhere right now. This year especially, has tested the worlds ability to support each other. And I think we are learning how to be amazing at that.
On my last day of school before it closed, in every class my teachers only really talked about COVID-19. It was informative, but it made me really scared and sad. In my last period, my teacher stood up and said us that we all looked like we could use a smile, and we watched puppy and kitten videos for the rest of the class.
It’s important to balance the negativity and positivity. If you feel yourself getting sucked up into the scary statistics and articles, watch videos of people singing together in quarantine, cheering on health care workers or even videos of puppies and kittens cuddling.
Remember that the rest of the world feels the way you do, and we are all in this together. We all might be miserable, scared and anxious, but we are one big community, that is here to support one another.