It has been over a year.
And in a pandemic, One year equals I think roughly three to five years… or at least it certainly feels like it.
Once again we are faced with our third lockdown.
Away from family, away from friends, away from all the usual things that we had come to grow dependent on and just assume they would always be there for us.
Away from our small businesses, our extra curricular activities, our spa dates and our shopping trips.
All of the little escapes, getaways and the little breaks that gave us an escape from our reality.
And when our reality that we’re facing is such as the world now – we could use these things more than ever.
But, instead, we’re back in our homes, anxiously counting down the days to when we might see a return to at least a somewhat new normal.
Our businesses are suffering, our jobs are suffering, our families are suffering – WE are suffering.
Even when we think that everything is going to be ok, the slightest breeze can have us blown apart once again.
We can only be strong for so long.
We can only be resilient for so long.
Until – we’re not.
And when and where that happens, well, thats to be determined or perhaps we’ve already reached that breaking point.
Even those working stable jobs I’m sure are experience this pandemic in some mental capacity.
On the front lines, we are burning out. We are picking up extra shifts, trying to help out our team, trying to help out our families – but at what cost?
At what point do we realize we are full.
We have reached maximum capacity and our cups are running over.
This is breaking even the strongest of souls.
And while we do have our positive moments, uplifting days and the sunshine is helping to bring some light to the darkness.
As human beings, we need – and we deserve a break.
In Toronto specifically, mental health resources are readily available.
Specifically, click here for some reassurance, advice, or to find some further methods of support for yourself, your family, or others around you.
If you’re not in Toronto – I urge you to still visit this link.
There are some great tips and some great support systems in place that may still apply to you.
If not, check your local township for options that may be more local to you.
While we keep riding these waves of Covid-19, and are urged that there is light at the end of this dark and long tunnel – know that you are not alone.
No one ever has to be alone and together, as cliche as it sounds – together we will get through this.
It doesn’t matter what your thought process or belief system is or where Covid-19 sits on your political agenda.
While some of the decisions the government makes may feel like a direct hit, and are hurting some more than others.
In this lifetime, this is unprecedented.
They – we – us. We’re all dealing with something in a capacity we have never dealt with before.
Everyone is trying their absolute best to see it through to the other side.
While some things may seem like they are taken too far, hope that the intent is good.
Everyone wants this to be a chapter in the history books. No one wants to carry on like this forever.
This is affecting all of us.
If we stand together – united – and do what we need to so we can all, safely, get to the other side. Let us hope that with the sunshine and warmer weather, dawns new hope, new life, and an end to this dark season of our lives.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.