It’s okay to not be okay

One outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve faced personally is the rise in anxiety.

I’ve been jittery, short of breath and have been having trouble focusing for about a week. 

I hit my breaking point Monday night, when I ended up in the ER. They took great care of me at the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH). The shared photos of cute puppies from CCCH staff may have helped as much as the medicine I needed.

I believe mental health is not as prioritized as it needs to be. It’s definitely come a long way, though.

For those of you who do not suffer from a mental illness, please for the love of all that is holy do NOT tell us to not worry about it or not think about it.

Empathy is what is needed when someone is facing mental health issues.

I want to give props to the CDC for acknowledging mental health during the times of COVID-19.

They have a page under their COVID-19 section geared toward daily life and coping.

“Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in,” the CDC website said.

So how am I coping?

Lots of dog snuggles, walking with my dogs, hubby and kids, watching my kids dance to silly YouTube videos. The list goes on.

The CDC also recommends taking a break from news and social media. “Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.”

Personally, I’ve found a mantra for myself. A friend of mine shared a photo on Facebook a few days ago that says, “It’s ok to not be at your most productive during a global pandemic.”


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