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How are you coping ?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Curae, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Like so many of us with or without children and elderly parents I have been over whelmed with anxiety and uncertainty. Obviously TESSERS are my first port of call and NEVER let me or others down.

    Years ago I would have hidden this but I am proud to be me .I have significant anxiety and sometimes depression which I think I manage quite well ( the wonderful WPD forum has helped me no end) however the pandemic challenges me on a daily basis as I come to terms with what we are faced with in the UK and Europe.

    But what else can we do to help us with any mental health issues ? To combat the negativity, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has released guidelines that aim to minimise the harmful effects the pandemic is having on mental health and wellbeing. Reducing exposure to news items and relating to positive aspects of community are a few suggestions but see the below link for more

  2. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    I feel a bit nervy if I stop and think of the enormouty of it but it's here now and we're just days away from family, friends and neighbours getting ill and from people we know dying. It all seems a bit surreal. I can't imagine what happened in Wuhan or Italy happening here but I suppose its coming.
    Sally006 and Curae like this.
  3. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I feel anxious that I’ve spent the weekend cleaning and making preparations for staying in for a while and yet tomorrow I’ve got to go and mix with hundreds of children and colleagues in school.
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I think almost everyone is affected to some extent, particularly anyone with existing mental health issues, as we are all aware of the impact of isolation. :(

    At least we have phones, WhatsApp, Skype etc to keep in contact and I'm sure our online 'virtual friends' will become very important for interaction and support. :)
  5. Mr_Ed

    Mr_Ed Established commenter

    Snowflake alert!

    Do you think people were like this in 1939? Keep calm and we will get through this.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    At various times in my life I've suffered from depression- but at the moment I feel fine.
  7. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I’m having a wobble this morning as the enormity of it gets closer. I agree our communication systems will be increasingly important to us.

    I’m anxious that my diary has three schools, two meeting venues and three social/exercise events this week. If I’ve got to keep going into school then there doesn’t seem much point avoiding the others. My money is still on schools closing after this week.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It seems almost inevitable.
  9. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    I feel anxious and can’t actually think about much else at the moment. I also feel anxious for all you lovely people who are still working in school environments. I too think schools will close on Friday for a long Easter break.
  10. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Whatever the outcome there is little i can do to change it in the grand scheme of things. However, I realise that soon we will need to stay in. Assume that will still need to go out and get supplies, home delivery won't cope with demand. Have built up a small stash of exxentials.
    ajrowing and Curae like this.
  11. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I’m glad I’m still on my anti-anxiety meds. I love my own company and being at home so I’m fine with that, but I’m worried about my kids and my elderly parents. Thank you for starting this thread Curae, it’s good to be able to share worries with each other. X
  12. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Please share your stories and concerns on here. I will be posting what I hope are useful items on here.

    Keep strong safe and sensible!
  13. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Well, I'm taking it one day at a time. Today all is calm.
  15. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    I posted this in another thread... online virtual tours of the world's museums

    1. Pinacoteca di Brera - Milano https://pinacotecabrera.org/

    2. Galleria degli Uffizi - Firenze https://www.uffizi.it/mostre-virtuali

    3. Musei Vaticani - Roma http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/it/collezioni/catalogo-online.html

    4. Museo Archeologico - Atene https://www.namuseum.gr/en/collections/

    5. Prado - Madrid https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-works

    6. Louvre - Parigi https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

    7. British Museum - Londra https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection

    8. Metropolitan Museum - New York https://artsandculture.google.com/explore

    9. Hermitage - San Juan Pietroburgo https://bit.ly/3cJHdnj

    10. National Gallery of art - Washington https://www.nga.gov/index.html
  16. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

  17. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    One of the guys on the "Last leg" (Channel 4 TV show for those who don't watch it),compared the situation to when you're watching a box set and your mate in Italy (or Spain/France) is a few episodes ahead and tells you what happens next.

    I'm not really liking this show and I wish we could get to the end soon.
    bella2891, caress, Sally006 and 8 others like this.
  18. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Thanks for the museum links. Man, we are going to be stuffed if the Internet goes down!
  19. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    For just over 6 months I've had a condition, as yet undiagnosed, that has given me a permanent sore throat. It was five months before I had a MRI scan, which has come back clear, although it took them a month to confirm that due to the registrar being off sick(!) They're now thinking it might be stomach- related and there's another appointment for further investigations in a couple of weeks, subject to cancellation. However, as yet, it still doesn't have a name, a prognosis, or a solution. Whenever I get a cold (and I've had a few this winter) my voice packs up and I can't work, albeit part-time.

    The detail isn't as important as the impact that all the uncertainty about my physical health has had on my mental health. I'm no more prone to anxiety or depression than anyone else, but the permanent not knowing what's coming next has at times made me worried or depressed to the point where I just sit around doing b*gger all, unable to plan or start anything because the dreaded "what's the point?" question crops up. That and permanently waiting for NHS branded letters to arrive offering me appointments, and no other communication from them. A friend recently referred to this mindset as a "disagreeable funk", which I thought would be a wonderful title for a 1970s pop song. In my mind I can see people with afros and flared trousers all boogying beneath flashing disco lights, but with gloomy faces.

    The rather simple solution has been to just get off my **** and do stuff. Not so much keep calm and carry on, as keep as calm as you can and occupy your mind and body with something positive. My p/t job has been a useful distraction, when I have a voice. The thing is this - if eventually the news turns out to be horrible, how will I want to have spent the intervening time? Getting on down (seriously down) to the disagreeable funk, or doing something useful and productive? If on the other the news is good and there's a simple fix for it, why did I waste so much time worrying or being gloomy? Having projects is a help - I literally have a shedful of them waiting to be completed, and have kept busy with other stuff over the last few months. If the social distancing measures confine me and Mrs MSB to home there's plenty of stuff to do - I think that's vital. Your worst enemy is your armchair, 24 hour news channels and the metaphorical black dog lounging beside it demanding to be petted.

    It's going to be difficult for people confined to their homes worrying about the outcome of this crisis or about the health of others, but you must look after your own health too, just try to get up and do stuff with a purpose, and don't get on down to the disagreebale funk y'all. :)
    Mrsmumbles, tonymars, suem75 and 10 others like this.
  20. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I'm in a perpetual state of worried-ness. I'm going to get my paperwork in order, so convinced am I that I'm doomed, no matter how many times I wash my hands.
    I very much empathise with you, MSB. We are constantly watching for the blue NHS logo, awaiting the results of 2 scans, 3 weeks ago. Having got through cancer treatment last year, Mr D is facing the prospect that more may be on the cards... "No news is good news" is our mantra.
    And, then, the deathly Covid hunting us down!

    So, yeah. Heightened state of anxiety at Dunty Dungeons!

    Not to mention a pregnant daughter who lives abroad, and a possible travel ban. Another layer of worry.

    And I only have a quarantine SHELF, not a cupboard, and some stuff in a small freezer.

    I just want to know that, yes, we'll get it, but we'll all survive.
    Rach05, bevdex, agathamorse and 12 others like this.

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