I hope that you have had a stressless week, although I know that with all the coverage about the Corona Virus, it is hard not to feel the high stress that everyone is experiencing.
I have been talking to many of my friends and clients about their experience past couple of weeks regarding the Corona Virus. There are people who have totally minimized it and see it as a nuisance that does not allow them to be free to go wherever they wanted to go, meet and greet people as they liked by shaking their hands, kissing or hugging. Others take a rebellious act as if they will break the virus down if they just take on the attitude of “I don’t care” and go above and beyond touching and hugging and ridiculing the uproar about it. Others think that I just have to protect my children and the elderly, but don’t’ need to take of myself since I am invincible and will not catch it. Others think that if I just run from specific ethnicities (Chinees, Iranians, and Italians) I will be fine. Others have panicked and although they are going about their regular life, they are just fearful and angry at the threat of death that is constantly staring them in their face. And finally, others who have panicked and have isolated themselves at home and are scared to socialize with people.
It has been tough for everyone to either experience having a cold or the flu and be afraid for their own life and feel responsible, guilty and a sense of shame to possibly be a carrier for someone else to become sick. I also have seen the sight of fear in people’s eyes when someone has a cold, sniffles or coughs around them.
How are you handling these weeks?
How has the Corona Virus affected your life?
How does watching the news, gathering the news through social media, and friends and family affect you?
How are you taking care of yourself?
I know that at first I had seen it as any other flu and thought that as long as I keep my immune system solid, I would be fine and have gone about my days as always. However, as the news about the number of people who have been infected and the fatalities are released, I am becoming more concerned. I remember prior years when my clients had the flu and would come to my office, I would think that I hope that I don’t get it but even if I do, one week later I will be fine. Now, there is concern that lingers about getting the flu and transferring it to others. This is the first time in my life that I am experiencing the fear of receiving but more than anything being responsible for transferring this virus to anyone else. Yet, I am not sure when it would be wise to shut down all business and socialization for self and other’s protection.
It is interesting that at a time of need when we actually need each other, at a time when we are sick and we need someone to take care of us, this particular virus has all of us keeping away and remaining isolated. It is important to know that we are all connected in so many ways. Our connections which can heal at this time has turned into getting each other sick. However, let’s keep our connections in a healthy way. Let’s remind ourselves and others in our lives that we are here for each other. We will pass through this. Let’s honor our own body and others by doing what we can do to keep being healthy.
Anger, frustration, and fear just brings more stress to our body and weakens our immune system. Fear of losing what we have in life, our health, our freedom, the opportunities to be close, may also bring forth the appreciation and the gratitude of the beauty that we have. So let’s honor the beauty that we have in our hearts and with others. We don’t have to isolate ourselves and feel alone. We can can do what we need to do to keep us healthy and connect with each other through all the different venues that are available.
Let’s keep it calm and real, protect yourself and others, honor yourself and others, and let’s get through this together.