How are you coping psychologically?About one year ago when we were in the early phase of lockdown, I had asked members how are things, basically how they were managing mentally to cope with the sudden manner in which we had to shut ourselves inside our homes and stop interacting with others outside. Now, with the second sudden surge in infections and heartbreaking news day after day of people dying due to oxygen, something that we take for granted, it is even tougher for many people to cope psychologically. I feel angry at the manner in which leaders are not once expressing empathy, at not valuing human lives, at continuing to be focused on unimportant things...and that I can do nothing about it.
In my case, I find it mind-numbing and horrifying to read tragic reports of Covid patients and see those photos of people not even getting dignity in death. I will come online every day, but many times will just be browsing, not feeling like editing or writing an article, something which I've always loved to look forward to on completing housework.
Practically at least once a week I also get some communication of a family member of somebody I know getting infected, even young teens. I reach out, trying to be reassuring, but at the same time, sounding perhaps meaningless. I wonder how all the people I know really are, how they are coping. I wonder how those whose business is closed due to the lockdown are managing with no earnings.
I even feel guilty, off and on, that I feel joy about mundane things, like seeing flowers on my plant or a few page views at a blog post. There are so many mixed emotions clashing...
How are things with you? Are you and yours all Ok? Are you all somehow trying hard to stay a little upbeat rather than endlessly worrying about the future and when the pandemic will come to a full stop?