I feel like I am anxious all the time due to Covid-19. I am dreading the next year and am worried I shall get sick before the vaccines get to my age group. I am not at work but my son, who lives here is working downtown TO. So, he may bring it home. What is coming scares me with all these new variants,
Signed Stressed Daily
Dear Stressed Daily,
Your feelings are perfectly normal because we are in the middle of a pandemic and our instincts are telling us we are not safe. There is so much we can do to stay safe by following all the precautions and making sure your son does too. We don’t have any control over when we will get our vaccines, try to live one day at a time and don’t let your mind go too far into the future. I think the news is really upsetting all of us too because this is global and there is little we can do. Perhaps cutting back on Covid-19 news (except for what you need to know in your area) will help you feel a little better. Keeping busy helps to take your mind off things too, and a lot of people are doing wills and getting their affairs in order and feel better that they are prepared should the worst happen. Take deep breaths and remember to be grateful every day for what you have. The only way over this is through it, think positive, for example we are further ahead with science and vaccines and know more about this than we did when it started. If you are very concerned about the new variants get ready to lock down with supplies and hobbies. If your anxiety prevents you from sleeping or living as normal a life as possible under these conditions discuss it with a Dr. or psychologist, they are there too help you. Remember that this too shall pass, and in a few years, it will just be a memory.
How do you get family that you have had a regular relationship over email to reply to your emails when you ask how they are doing? We have always gone out dinner with about 8 couples for dinner all set up over email. Since the pandemic started 4 out of 8 couples never respond. Questions about how and what they are doing never get returned We are just interested in their well being. Any thoughts?
My thoughts are that during a pandemic no news is good news! First of all, that’s really lovely that you have 8 couples that have had fun and regular dinners and visits pre pandemic. You must really miss that a lot. Some people are more extroverted and communicate more readily and some people are very analytical and just reply when there is something concrete to reply to. Please don’t take it personally as we are in very difficult times and everyone is reacting differently. I am sure it’s not personal as our social lives have been turned upside down, and we have also had more time to think about who is staying in touch and who is not. Don’t let any resentments form about this, it’s just not worth it, life is too short. I am sure if anything was wrong you would have heard about it through the grapevine so assume everyone is coping and when everyone is vaccinated you will have a big dinner party together. In the meantime, you could pick up the phone and call the chattier person of each couple just to say hi and see how they are doing. If they don’t answer just leave a message to give you a call back when it’s good for them and that’s all you can do. I am so grateful we have so many ways of communicating which weren’t available in the last pandemic. Hang in there, hopefully you will all be together again this year.
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