I feel my increasing sstress and problem coping with this, is different to most others I see writing here. e.g.. I have no real difficulties with isolation, staying home, boredom etc. nor am I afraid of catching the virus.
what is causing me immense distress (and getting worse) is the constant restrictions on our personal freedoms, the freedom of "choice".
I don't believe anything I was doing, or going, or walking, or sitting at..."pre Corona" was thoughtless, rude, or selfish anyway....so why the constant reminder that "life will never be the same, we will have to be "different" somehow." How exactly, do you want me to change?..
I thought I was a fairly nice considerate person already!
Our leaders say over and over again (especially my State Premier) that even though here in our state, we've seen enormous improvement in "flattening the curve" lessening cases etc, what we are doing has been working well, etc etc... we still "have a very long way to go, this is going to last for a long time yet, we are going to see another outbreak, do not relax!". Hearing and reading that every day is so demoralising and depressing.
To have our personal freedom, our "choices" taken away one by one, with no reassurance it will get easier has beaten me down at last.
I see my grand kids forbidden to go to school, to have face to face contact and rapport with their beloved teachers, socialisation skills with their friends and school communities.
I am told where I can go, where to stand, what to touch, where to walk, people fined huge amounts for sitting alone on a park bench, seats in shopping malls roped off so no one can take a rest, gotta keep walking!
I feel we are being treated like criminals, in what once was a "free" country.