I can still remember I was in Taiwan visiting family when it first started. And the WHO blatantly reported that it was certainly not a global emergency — it was only in China.
It’s been a hard week for many reasons. This is one of the first times that we’ve had such a global crisis at this level that affects basically every country, yet that is not a war. We actually have to try to come together and work together. Like the (3 female, 6 male) COVID-19 expert team that recently left China to assist efforts in Italy. It truly touches me. Medical staff putting themselves at risk and even helping others in other countries.
It’s certainly not been easy to not freak out though.
As my counseling group would say, it’s hard to not have this current situation trigger old feelings and fears from childhood around basic survival, and fighting for one’s life or irrational behavior around us.
Along with the daily stress of living in this situation is also trying to figure out how to balance getting useful information and getting mentally overwhelmed and emotionally drained. How much information is enough? How much is too much? At what point does it become more stressful than it is valuable?
It's easy to get sucked into the panic of wanting more information simply because one is scared. At that point, the smartest thing to do may be to either:
1. BREATHE (do calming, self-care activities)
2. PANIC (in a safe space with limited time constraints)
3. STOP READING/ABSORBING INFORMATION (for 8-12hr anyways)
In light of all of this, and everyone cancelling in person events, and since I have always been an advocate of gathering virtually anyways I will be holding Self-Care Gatherings online in this next period. See below for upcoming dates. And depending on the demand may hold them more frequently.
I really look forward to being with you! I think it's very important for us to get together during this unpredictable time that can bring up a ton of feelings and can be very isolating.