As we continuously navigate the terrain that is 2020 and all it has to offer, we’re constantly being faced with new and sometimes challenging obstacles that have us often wondering what could possibly come next.
As mentioned in the last post, Covid-19 has had clear ramifications when it comes to peoples physical health.
While we certainly know that this is going to have side effects in regards to mental health as well, the depth of which I’m sure is something that will only be fully understood in due time.
Those that currently live with mental health issues I’m sure are feeling the extra pressure that this year is throwing our way.
Being so conscious of health and cleanliness, ensuring we are staying far enough away from people, living without many of the amenities we’ve grown to accustomed too – its a lot to take on for people that don’t live with any thing that could potentially debilitate them. For those that struggle with mental health, its a whole new ball game.
Those of us that would normally throw caution to the wind and live with ‘wreckless abandon’ can still find ourselves sanitizing groceries and anything from outside of our bubbles as soon as they enter the door. Quarantining groceries during times like this is very real for some people.
Some people have not entered a store or been overly social since there was snow on the ground.
And this is ok.
There are those that have made huge adjustments in their way of life to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Then there are those that could potentially feel the weight of the world in other ways.
We’re all feeling anxious – waiting to see and hear whats to happen next, looking at everyone almost suspiciously wondering if they are a carrier. We judge every cough, sneeze and watery eye.
While at times it may almost feel like a joke, it most certainly isn’t, and there are those that are hugely impacted by this.
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, basically all mental health varieties are going to be feeling the extra pressure.
While those that may feel anxious by the pressures of day to day ‘normal’ pre-covid life, feeling forced to get up, dressed, and show up everyday – they may be welcoming this shelter in place with a bit more comfort.
Having the ability for some of us to work from home has been a complete game changer for some.
It may cause some organizations to rethink their entire business structure by saving overhead costs and allowing work from home to become more prevalent.
For others, working from home means working with family. This in itself is no small feat.
For some, it means working from home, possibly while a significant other also works from home, while home schooling and dealing with children.
Its a lot.
The mental side of self isolation, sheltering in place and social distancing is very, very real.
We are all affected by the burdens of 2020 and we are all having to come up with our own coping mechanisms to make it through to the next day.
Those that feel like they’re gliding through this relatively unscathed – you’re amazing. Lucky are you to be unburdened by these extra pressures.
For those that already struggle with mental health and feel like this year has you constantly gasping for air – we see you. We are here to help and support you the best we possibly can.
Life isn’t easy and we can’t get through on our own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
For those that are finding themselves learning about mental health by being thrust into positions that they don’t feel comfortable with. For those learning what their boundaries really and truly are. Finding out our limitations and having to learn to navigate this uneasy terrain. We’re with you.
No matter where you find yourself standing in the storm of 2020, know that you’re not alone.
We’re all at a time in our life where we are learning, growing, struggling, achieving, and overcoming.
Raising your voice to a listening ear may be the best move you make this year.
Dont be afraid of conversation, and don’t be afraid of your will, power, and determination to overcome.
We will make it through together.
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.