I am currently stranded in Southern Spain, 10 days after lockdown and I’m reflecting on my learnings from the Coronavirus pandemic to date.
- At close to 3 months since the Coronavirus Pandemic started, we seem to step out of denial and gradually accept the reality of our lives. Denial is a natural response in these circumstances as it protects us from suffering whilst our minds transition from a orderly life to a rather chaotic one.
- The facts are worrying: as I write today, over 400K people have been infected worldwide and more than 18K have been killed by this virus. On the reassuring side, over 100K people have already recovered around the world which reinstates a sense of hope in us, people.
- More countries are now imposing lockdown, although measures differ from one place to another. Many people wonder why do authorities take so long to impose strict rules. Probably the denial is present at that level too.
- Medical services struggle to cope everywhere in the world. Here in Spain over 5,000 health professional have been infected and the spread has not reached its peak yet. I’m hearing that doctors are highly traumatized as they prioritise care resources and choose whose lives to save, to the loss of the elderly patients. This will leave marks on us all for generations to come.
- We have been forced into an unusual lifestyle, being isolated, stuck in a foreign and restrictive life, lacking connection, routine and clarity in life. Some find it a blessing and catch up with their reading, resting and other indoor hobbies, others feel suffocated and suppressed in their self-expression. It will become harder for all of us in time and we need to make a conscious effort and take care of ourselves, in all aspects of our beings.
- Some work from home, but struggle with reduced focus, decreased attention and concentration, difficulty to retrieve information from memory and low levels of creativity. These responses are expected providing the situation we find ourselves in.
- Children don’t go to school and have started the online schooling at a global scale. This may exacerbate the digital addiction and alienation in time.
- Those suffering with a mental health condition experience worsening symptoms. With a healthcare system already overloaded, it relies on us all to support each other the best we can throughout these difficult times.
- Most of us are tense and frightened regardless if we acknowledge it or not and we all need to stay connected and positive as much as possible to overcome this pandemic.
In case you struggle with overwhelming feelings please talk to someone, be it a lay person or a mental health professional. I am here for you if you need support as well.