We all cope differently; some of us may ‘cope’ the same, or have more than one way of coping.
It could be through talking, having a quiet moment to yourself, praying, or reading some a type of scripture. We could go for a run, re-watch movies we’ve seen, read a book or go from watching your favourite YouTube videos, to consuming clips that are unrelated to your life.
Maybe you need to vent. You’re angry with what you see, you’re tired of what you see, so you voice your frustrations. You may want to add your 2 cents, be on the front-line or show your support the best way you know-how, with the racial injustices you see. You might be flicking from one channel to the other – you might be tired of the news, you might have found a balance between the two.
You might take a trip – you may need a trip. It might only be an hour away. It might be work that’s keeping you, you’re discovering who you are or your talents maybe soon, you’ll be the boss the point is; we all need an escape.
If it’s working, then you’re coping.
Everywhere you turn, there’s news about the coronavirus and the threat it’s causing all over the world. Affecting businesses, schools, and lives each day. Whilst I had a more positive outlook before coronavirus became widespread, this ongoing situation has left me with mixed emotions. From feeling cautious to anxious, optimistic, to uncertainty about a job and optimistic again. However, hearing about this all over the media can be slightly draining so keeping myself in the frame of mind that there is light at the end of the tunnel, comes from another source of strength.
I have the mind that remaining calm is a healthy way to get through this, also practising good hygiene and not exposing yourself to unnecessary crowds. Panicking, until this thing dissolves can cause more harm than good. Freaking out was never the way I was going to deal with this, even when I first caught wind of it in January. As someone who likes to travel and was thinking of making a career out of it, the first thing I thought was ‘why now?’ Still, I look at it as a blessing considering some of the places that became affected, and it’ll pass.
It would be nice to see someone in authority advise the public to not panic, rather than look like they’re panicking every time a statement is made. Therefore, I rely on my faith and when people who you think are strong are shaking at the knees, do what you can to restore faith because one nervous wreck is better than two. My natural inclination was to pray about it, so I prayed. Though people may be cautious or wary of their personal space etc, the flipside is it’s bringing people in another sense closer together. Whatever was going on in our individual lives, almost takes a backseat because of the virus. What we’ve all got in common is that there’s a virus out there that no-one likes, and we want it to go away.
Hopefully, when this all dies down, people will care about others more. If this teaches us anything, anything can happen at any time. Countries like Italy are enduring this with the whole country in lockdown, but news-clips of some neighbours singing is the kind of hope and strength needed this time. Even if it means playing that same image over, and over again. Take extra precautions, but look forward to bright and sunny days ahead because what goes up, must come down. It always does.