The highs and lows of lockdown
The highs and lows of worries the coming week: keep an eye on overwhelming negative thoughts.
Worry can be both good and bad.
The highs-worry has enabled everyone in the past few weeks to get up and prepare for the lockdown for ourselves and loved ones. I have even been excited about the fact that I’ll be able to catch up on a long list of things on my to-do list.
Lows-However, this excitement didn’t last long. Just last night it hit me! I suddenly began to worry. I worried about the fact that I now have to mitigate my assignments; I worried about the fact that I hadn’t completed interventions with some of the young people. I looked at my pile of paperwork and books and I felt tears swelling up at the thought that all of my hard work might go to waste.
Moments later my focus shifted from my own worries to everyone else’s. What must it be like for children who are not going to be able sit their final exams after years of preparing? What must it be like for those who suffer from mental health difficulties? What must it be like for my elderly friends?
Oh my goodness! This time could bring about devastating and lasting damage for every
The lockdown is now very real, our fears are materializing. These fears for children and adults will be displayed in different ways unusual anger, frustrations, arguments low mood, etc. In every situation, we all experience different types of emotions, big and small. Some come and go but some just remain with us and gnaw away on our mental health. When difficult feelings don’t go away, they can begin to impact your day to day life. If these last for longer than two or more weeks, call someone, send a text message. Just talking in the first place can help. If it doesn’t, google and call professional helplines. In this time there’s support online/phone/ etc.
Stay connected, keep active, meditate, listen to music, do some writing, gardening, cook, look for inspirational quotes/image etc.
This is the week to keep an eye on our thoughts and feelings. This time tells us that life is full of surprises. Life might get even better after this time of great uncertainty. Surely, there’s always a silver lining behind every cloud. Think of all positives that this time could also bring.
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