Post # 1
Has anyone else noticed their mental health take a huge hit because of the coronavirus and all the isolation. This F*&#[email protected] sucks. I’ve always had anxiety and the depression has come and gone but lately I’ve been realizing how much I rely on being busy in order to avoid my problems. I can’t focus to save my life and everything feels so pointless. Just not in a great place:( I hate all of this so much. Anybody out there able to relate? Or maybe even make some suggestions of how to cope with this? I feel like I’ve tried it all and I still seem to be in a hole that keeps getting deeper.
Post # 2
I’ve had ups and downs. Deepest hole was two weeks ago. Don’t want to speak to soon but this week’s been better. I’m sorry you’re having a hard time :/ been there.
Exercise and taking a walk definitely helps. As does doing some form of pulling myself together. Whether it’s putting on non-PJs or tweezing my eyebrows, just a little something seems to go a long way. Avoiding caffeine helps too.
Post # 3
I’m going to come back and post a longer response, but just wanted to say ME!!! This absolutely sucks.
Post # 4
I have anxiety issues as well. Exercising can help 100% because it releases “happy” hormones (endorphins). I just started taking power walks outside again. Before it was all treadmill. Fresh air and sunlight helps. Just make sure you go somewhere where you can still maintain a good distance/avoid people.
Or if you like baking, many of the bees here are doing it. There have been reported flour shortages because people are turning into baking as a stress reliever I read.
I find coloring books and taking long baths helpful too.
Post # 5
Yes definitely! It’s been very hard sometimes. Not working has sometimes made me feel like my life has no meaning but then I also have anxiety about going back to work because I know I’ll have less time with my FH. All of these feelings are ok to have but sometimes I forget that they’re just feelings and have no weight to them. To feel better, I go for walks which always helps so much, or curl up with a cup of tea and a new book. Other suggestions are puzzles or giving yourself a bit of a pamper. I tried to give myself a facial the other day which was interesting!
This won’t last forever and we are all going through it together. Remember to reach out for support whenever you need it. Sending love and hugs bee!
Post # 6
Oh yes! Especially when you’re isolating alone 🙁 I’ve had to start sleeping pills because I only manage 4 or so hours of sleep each night.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2020 - Austin, TX
Everything you posted 100% YES!!!! I have become a workout freak! It is the only thing that helps keep the anger, depression, anxiety away. I am such a busy body and maybe it has always been to keep the anxiety at bay. Makes sense now! I am working from home as well, post poned wedding, two teeangers who are pissed they cant hang with friends. It all just sucks the big one for sure! Hang in there we are all feeling it too and just trying to do the best we can to cope.
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2019 - City, State
Yes, it’s been taking a toll on anxiety for me. I have been exercising six days a week and trying to stick to my nutrition as that is the only thing that has kept me totally sane. But as we try to grocery shop for essential things, we see so many items hoarded and it’s been extremely stressful for me. And since it looks like the meat supply might be at risk, that is stressful for me and trying to focus on nutrition. I am definitely trying to remain positive and hopefully and spread kindness to others, it’s just hard some days.
Post # 9
I don’t have chronic/diagnosed anxiety or depression, but I’m definitely noticing that the quarantine has caused me to overthink things in my life and start to forget the things that make me happy because I’ve just kind of sunken into a routine and I don’t feel like I have the option to do anything else. Which to some extent is true, we can’t do anything that would put others at risk. But I’m working on fighting my over-thinking and focusing on the things and people that make me feel normal again.
Post # 10
Unfortunately, yes. I’m a fairly extreme introvert by nature so normally I have no issues being alone and often prefer my own company. And I’ve struggled with anxiety off and on for the past 20 years and thought it was under control. But I am essentially isolating alone. I’m working remotely for my company – which provides an essential service so we’ve remained open (I’m incredibly grateful that I have a steady job at this point!) – and 90% of my job for the past 6 weeks has been dealing with issues related to this pandemic (I’m an in-house employment attorney). Obviously not in the same universe of our frontline workers, but between work, the media, and social media, it feels like the coronavirus is 24/7 in my world. Yesterday, our state’s Stay At Home order was set to expire and our Governor extended it and issued a long statement explaining his plan for a phased reopening. Halfway through reading this long plan, I burst into tears and couldn’t stop sobbing. I guess everything just caught up to me. My dad was diagnosed with cancer right when this pandemic started and he started his chemo and radiation 3 weeks ago. So I’m terrified that he’s going to get this thing even though he is taking every possible precaution to avoid exposure, because it would likely kill him.
And if that’s not enough, my mother (who is divorced and remarried) has been having cognitive issues for the past year or so. So she finally just got the results of her brain testing from the specialists here and it looks like Alzheimers is developing (an entire side of her brain is involved). I swear to God, that I am not making this up. It’s unbelievable.
Meanwhile my daughter is stuck in NYC and was furloughed about a month ago with no pay when her employer closed all their stores globally until at least June.
Needless to say my anxiety is rearing its ugly head in a big way. Not sleeping, eating things that I would never in normal circumstances eat, not exercising (I’m usually freak out if I miss a workout), etc. And I feel guilty for it, for being sad, stressed, whatever when so many people have it so much worse right now. It all sounds so stupid when I write it out here. But it’s good to know that I’m not alone. 🙂
Post # 11
I feel ya bee. My anxiety has been threw the roof. I woke up in the middle of the night having a panic attack for no reason. It’s been tough.
Post # 12
I would have said no a week ago, but lately…yeah. I’m working 2-3 days a week (I work in restaurants and working take out) so I get out and see a few coworkers, but it’s more just the…nothing else to do lol
im an introvert and value alone time but even this is getting to be hard on me. I think because driving to the beach or sight seeing somewhere nearby isn’t an option, and our parks are always packed which-while it’s a big state park so you don’t always run into someone-my dog is dog aggressive so any dog in the distance will set him off. I used to have off days and times I could get him out but now it’s just stressful all the time.
i just started working out regularly again and am working on cutting down my sugar intake which I noticed has gotten out of control. I think I’m mainly sad that a visit from my mom in July and a possible elopement with my sister (across the country) and mom (900 miles away) and my significant other’s elderly immune compromised relatives present is not a possibility for the foreseeable future (we had always loosely planned a summer engagement and a quick fall 2020 elopement), as well as my required internships the next two semesters for graduation.
hang in there bee, you’re not alone in your feelings.❤️
Post # 13
oh my! So much on your plate! Sending so many hugs 🤗🤗
Post # 14
Yes. I suffer from an autoimmune disease, a TBI and severe grief. All of these already make me prone to depression, anxiety and forgetfulness. With the isolation and lack of job I feel like I can’t even form a thought let alone remember what I was thinking.
Post # 15
My mental health took a nose dive today. I miss my family, I want to go on walks at the beach or park but there are too many people doing that already. My baby just turn 4 months old yesterday and everyone is missing out. I was so excited to take her up to Ohio the summer so my extended family could meet her. I’m sure that no longer is an option. I’m just feeling such a sense of dread. Like will be be doing this until there is a vaccine? Will everyone also have to miss out on my baby’s first birthday? Her second birthday? I feel like every time I see good news I then see at least 5 bad things to go with it.