Right now, the world is A LOT to handle. And it’s hard to escape pandemic talk no matter how hard you try. COVID-19 is on our all minds. And not only is it on our minds, but it’s likely also affecting our minds. The sudden change in routine, the fear of this virus and the general unknown create all sorts emotions… mostly uncomfortable ones, too.
I’ve seen gloomy days. Walking into the COVID-19 pandemic I thought, “Oh, I’ve had worse times.”
I’m a pretty stress-resilient person who has learned from my past experiences: I’ve struggled with chronic anxiety most of my life. And in a one-month span, I lost a baby and lost my mother. I’ve been through two seasons of postpartum anxiety that left me so utterly scared.
Through my past experiences I learned to lean on what I believe in, but…
- Do I still feel ______ (fill in any negative emotion)? For sure.
- Does that mean I’m not a strong person, physical or emotionally? No way.
- Even more so, is it a reflection on what I believe? Absolutely not.
Every year, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month (how fitting for the times right now, right?). Over the next four weeks, we’re going to be looking through the eyes of various workers to get their perspective on mental health in their roles and what their emotions are like in their typical day-to-day life and now amidst the COVID pandemic.
Each person shows great bravery in sharing their story and encourages you, the reader, in your own mental health.
SPOLIER ALERT: They all remind us that it’s ok to not be ok, now or anytime.