I think that this thread is a really good idea :)
To answer Sophie’s very helpful questions:
What thoughts are helpful for you at the moment?
Good question, I must admit that I don’t necessarily have an answer at this point.
But I think sourcing information from reputable organisations and qualified health professionals helps me to keep things in perspective :)
What are you doing to remain connected?
Admittedly, I am finding the recent, though understandable and reasonable, advice to practice social distancing difficult. I completely understand why we have been advised as such, & will personally try to adhere to it whenever possible.
But emotionally, I do find that difficult as I’m more on the extroverted end of the social spectrum. I’m trying to keep in touch with family and friends using alternative methods, such as texts.
But of course it’s just not the same as seeing them in person...the social distancing is actually what I’m finding hardest psychologically/mentally.
How are you taking care of yourself and others?
I’m taking care of the people around me by practising social distancing, good hygiene and checking in on them regularly with non-face-to-face methods :)
As for me?
I don’t know. Physically, I’m trying to practice good hygiene & am taking care of my health
But emotionally, I don’t yet have an answer, because what I used to heavily rely on was spending quality time with friends and family in person. But now I understandably need to limit that.
What are you finding helpful in reducing your anxiety during this time?
I’m actually more concerned than anxious. More so for my older relatives/family than myself.
I’m exploring more creative outlets like drawing and other forms of art and self expression :)
Thank you for reading. Sorry for all the mentions about social distancing, but it’s because I’m actually finding that part the most personally stressful and upsetting.
I’m an extrovert too, so perhaps that adds an extra challenge for me
Kindness and care,