While as a security company, personal safety and well being is something we are very familiar with.
We are trained to protect against physical threats, accidental threats, personal threats and what have you.
We have spent years educating ourselves against things we could see… or hold… or stop.
We have written the rule books and perfected our methods. Using them time and time again – constantly working, learning, and evolving our skill sets.
Even outside of the security world, ourselves as humans have spent our lifetimes carving out our safe spaces. Knowing where they are and what they entail.
Ensuring that amidst the darkest of our days, we had a place to escape to where we could find comfort, peace, and safe haven.
In some cases, this safe haven include solitude, in others – we found comfort in numbers.
When it comes to our personal safe spaces, there is no one size fits all.
And if you found comfort in numbers, being under a lockdown order can be particularly challenging and unsettling.
While it is important we are abiding by the guidelines and recommendations set out before us, keeping our mental health and well being in check does not have to be deeply sacrificed.
Things may be different at this time, but there are still ways to connect, still ways to find personal space. Its not always easy – but if you look hard enough, you can always find the space.
If personal solitude is where you find your safe haven, carve out a space in your home.
If you live with others, make sure this place is away from them and doesn’t interfere with the tasks they may be completing.
Your safe space shouldn’t be a communal area if its peace and quiet that you’re seeking.
If you find peace in numbers, embrace this time with those you live with.
Find new ways to interact and thrive with each other as a group.
If you have a smaller family, or live alone – get outside.
Go for walks or find other individuals that are also alone but like minded in terms of your beliefs and what you believe to be safe and socially distanced throughout this pandemic.
While mental health is certainly taking a toll while we battle seemingly uphill against this invisible virus, the government is not blind to those that live in solitude.
They’ve acknowledged that you should find another individual or small family to bubble with so that you’re not completely alone.
Alternatively, we can embrace the technology that keeps growing in leaps and bounds through this.
Video calls, phone calls, messaging. Social apps and virtual game nights. Online learning, free courses, and even free fitness classes – all done online.
This pandemic isn’t forever.
While things are different, complicated, and even somewhat of a burden – we still need to search for the good. Even if its difficult, or even if its harder to find – its important to know that the good still exists. And its important that we find it and grasp hold tight.
Struggling our way through this temporary new normal is just that – a struggle.
We are on our own adventures. Blazing a trail down a path we’ve yet to see the end of.
Uncertainty. Fear. Loneliness. Confusion. Struggle. Hope. Peace. Love. All of these feelings are typically along the path of life at some point – and even more so during a pandemic.
As long as the days and nights might currently feel – know that they are numbered and slowly but surely we will reach that turning point.
There is a light at the end of this tunnel and its is bright, glowing, warm and wonderful.
So hold on tight, dig deep for those safe spaces – and know that this too shall pass.
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.