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 in downtown Toronto. So, he may bring it home. What is coming scares me with all these new variants.
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 news except 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.
Hiiii Dianna! The past year or so I’ve been feeling like something is missing in my life...and it doesn’t make sense. I am happily engaged, living in a place which I love with a job I enjoy, but I feel like something is wrong and no matter how much I go over everything in my head I can’t work out what it is. I did decide that it was my job and especially the changes to my job with Covid, and I’ve started changing careers a bit but that’s a process. I think that’s the right decision, but it still hasn’t gotten rid of this feeling...I don’t want to change any other major part of my life, what if I destroy it :( so how do I get rid of this feeling? What on earth could it be pointing at?
Do not worry, what you are feeling is very common and you won’t destroy your life. Covid has really changed our lives so much, I think everyone is feeling the way you are to a degree and it will go away once we are past this. Like in wartimes, I think people are also picking up on all the grief in the world. Don’t minimize it, these are hard times. If the upcoming wedding is stressful, consider postponing it until you feel 100% ready. If you felt you needed to make job changes and started towards making them that is fantastic, good for you, that will eventually make a big difference. When is the last time you had your blood checked? Could your iron be low? That would make you feel draggy. What is your dream? Is that something you are working towards? You will feel more fulfilled if you work towards your dream. Are you doing anything creative? We all have creative gifts and will feel flat if we do not use them, no matter what it is take a small step towards a creative project if you haven’t been. You will know the right thing for you when you lose track of time while doing it. Are you getting enough exercise? Are you paying attention to your spiritual health? We are made up of spirit, mind and body and if any of these are neglected you will not feel whole. I figured out a long time ago that I cannot be enthusiastic and depressed at the same time, Abraham Lincoln said you are as happy as you make up your mind to be. Try to be enthusiastic and you might feel better. Make an effort to laugh at everything and anything that’s the least bit funny. There are many studies on the therapeutic effects of laughter, even if it feels unfamiliar at the beginning. Write down at least 3 things to be grateful for everyday, and you will soon feel your spirits lift. As an adult life does not feel fulfilling all of the time, it comes and goes. If none of this helps perhaps you could try journaling. Then you could see what comes out and hopefully you can put your finger on exactly what’s bothering you. Hang in there, it sounds like you are doing great and with a few small changes you will feel even better.
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