As other’s have said, it is tough times but of course, we humans have had similar pandemics, others crisis like wars and plagues throughout history. Those periods didn’t see the scientists and medical intelligence we have now.
That is just a positive spin on things as I always do, a half cup full guy, but also with a history of anxiety, bipolar and depression.
My peak with anxiety arrived during a workplace incident in 1987 and I attended therapy which I reflect on regularly to overcome/avoid conflict. Medication has been what I thought was lifelong however as it turned out I was able to give it away for anxiety after 22 years. A long time? Well that was the long term affect of strategies I put in place early on. Let’s talk about short and medium terms.
Although it was a workplace issue I had to analyse all aspects of my life. As a sympathiser I place others first and now in 1987 it was time Tony made himself a priority.
Toxic people were given the heave ho, if they were family they were given chances after a tactful warning.
Career change was in order, law enforcement (not police) was not ideal for anxiety nor was food preparation or customer service. Schooling wasn’t either.
Environment, some are not good so for me a move from city to country was the way to go. My parenting plans with my then wife came to the decision of no more than 2 children.
As stress became a problem financial security was important as was not taking on too many projects at once.
Gor those interested I’ve written many threads on these subjects. All you have to do is place the following topics in the search bar at the top.
anxiety, how I eliminated it
worry worry worry
fortress of survival (part 1 and 2)
if all else fails be radical
Anxiety is often generated by obstacles we believe we may not overcome. To that I use the well known saying “we should do our best and that should always be good enough” and “we should not worry about things out of our control”.
In essence shrink your world, limit TV and radio to shirt periods. Delve into your hobby. On the other hand such measures are intimidating to those people that have lost their jobs and have bills to pay. However, the sun will rise tomorrow and this crisis will be distant news in months to come and then, you’ll happy you endured the period.