Anyone else's mental health taking a hit…?

posted 7 months ago in Beehive
Post # 16
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Busy bee

brideandblue :  wow yes! I’m sorry we’re all in this boat. I’m not even in bad circumstances, but yesterday, I didn’t know if I was going to make it 😬 I exercise HARD every day. I dont know how much of a difference makes, but it’s got to do something I guess.

 

Honestly I think it’s boredom. I went from a busy job, pt job, grad school, and wedding planning to working on the comp for like 6 hours a day. I loved having the time to feel clean my house, spend time connecting with my Bible, cooking and baking, but I can’t live this slow life much longer. 

 

anyway, keep the suggestions coming bees!! I could use a good, happy or intriguing tv show too! Nothing gory or sad.

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

So sorry your are going through this. 

I’ve gone down the rabbit hole soooo many times in the last 51 days. I live about 8 hours from my family and friends (not that it matters right now) so the gym and work has kept my depression under control. But with the gyms closed, and work super slow, I was seriously losing it. 

About 3 weeks ago, I found a nintendo switch at target. Animal crossing has been the biggest lifesaver for me!! I think racked up about 150 hours already! Definitely makes time fly by and I feel like I have a purpose again, even a virtual purpose! I’ve also joined a couple of facebook groups, and I’ve met some great people around the world who also play AC! 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

There have been ups and downs (being in a tiny studio apartment 24 hours a day with another person = YIKES) but things are currently okay. Where I live we’ve gotten the all clear to start visiting family and friends which I haven’t done yet but it will be very exciting when I can. Maybe next week. 

I hate being so restricted in where I can go, what I can do and what I can buy but being busy helps. My master’s degree is insane and there’s something due every week, sometimes twice a week, and that’s just with me doing it part time. So I don’t have time to be bored. 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would be surprised if there were many people not affected! I work in inpatient mental health, and I think this disease is taking a huge toll on people. It certainly stresses me out. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

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brideandblue :  yup. I’ve been keeping busy with workouts and small rewards. Like if I get this done by this time, I will treat my self to a root beer float. And if I’m realllyyyy good, I might even watch an extra show of one of my favorite shows tonight. 

please remember, learning about yourself and sitting and letting your thoughts run their full thought, can help. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

I am sorry for all of the people who are depressed in this thread. I would like to share my positive expereince and hopefully provide ideas on how to cope better.

I am always busy (work and volunteer). I also have a cat that keeps me entertained. My neighbour who was feeling low is also doing better now because I have been sending her my friendly cat to accompany and entertain her. May be you could consider getting a pet. If the neighbours trust you in your area, you can ask pet owners to lend you their pets for a few hours. You could perhaps foster a pet until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. 

I call up my friends or even chat online.  I also play online games. I exercise a lot by particpating in online gym activities. Some gyms and dance studios are offering free online sessions. I have indoor hobbies like drawing, painting, playing music, writing stories and poems etc.  You can watch some instuctions in Youtube. You can also learn new recipes in Youtube. I watch movies (especially comedies and sitcoms). 

I write what I am thankful about in a piece of paper. I practice self-care (healhty diet, enough sleep, and relaxation exercises).

In some countries, there are distress lines that are open 24/7 which may be useful to people with anxiety and/or depression. 

I hope you feel better.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

hugs bee ❤️ I’ve noticed something come over me at first I would stay in pjs all day. I probably gained 5 lbs before o finally decided to shake it off the funk. I needed something different. Like other bees I started to walk and treat myself throughout the day.in the mornings I walk about mile around my neighborhood morning and do some squats and other but enhancing stuff for 5 minutes. I make sure to shower and dress before 2pm and sometimes o even slap on some mascara (it will give me something to do at night lol). I went to the 99 and got things to give myself pedicure and I’m pleased w my work. I don’t do polish so just taking care of my feet heleped when I looked down at the floor. I have always had a green thumb so on Friday’s I water all my plants and it gives me pleasure to care for soemthing other than myself and my family.

this too shall pass bee. Reward your body and soul on ways only you know can make you happy. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m sorry people are having difficulties.

I’m not too bad, which surprises me a bit as I’ve suffered with depression/anxiety/PTSD previously, and my main coping mechanism is being in control. What I am struggling with is getting off my backside and achieving something, however small, including working from home. My mood is pretty good, I’m just lacking my mojo.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m doing okay, all things considered. I moved from Canada to the UK in October, and was just feeling like I had made some friends and was settling in when this hit. I had planned a summer of going to festivals and travelling around work. I had a friend coming to visit me and we were going to Ireland together, and had free tickets to Glastonbury for my 30th birthday. I am still employed but being on the computer 7+ hours a day is draining, my gym is closed, the cafe I used to go to is closed, my volunteer place is closed, etc. Even when lockdown lightens, I feel like all the things people typically do to make friends won’t be very available. Also I live with a Flatmate and although she is very nice I feel like we are both getting on each other’s nerves and have realised how little we have in common.

Also this pandemic has made me realise what a hedonist I am. I miss getting drunk, dancing, having sex, festivals, concerts, flirting, etc.

I know all things considered it could be much worse. I am securely employed, my family is healthy, and I’m still able to go for daily walks etc. But if one more person says I have to adjust to a “new normal” or a more “virtual existence” I’m going to scream. It’s really the things that make this seem more permanent that freak me out.  I have zero intentions of having a virtual life where I produce what? Digital children?

Post # 27
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Helper bee

I really appreciate everyone’s posts. It makes me know that my feelings are normal. I am a very positive and grateful person but this has been very hard. It has made me realize that all of the various aspects of my life – girl friends, a band I perform in, volunteer work, the relationships I enjoy at work, the joy of attending live music, all are important to my happiness. Just working all day at a computer away from my team and then family dinner at night feels very isolating.  Please do not get me wrong – I know I am incredibly lucky to have a good job and a wonderful family (and I am supporting a number of people financially who are not in my family because I do not know what they would do if I didn’t). But having an underlying condition, I wonder if my old life is just gone. Will I ever feel safe again?  Thanks for listening. 

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

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mkendrick :  I’m so sorry to hear about your family. My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in January, and I can empathize in the anxiety it’s caused amidst a pandemic. Sending you love. ❤️

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

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brewstan :  it is absolutely okay for you to feel grateful for what you have AND mourn the loss of your old life! It’s okay to feel miserable and anxious during this time. I hear you with the worry about the future, esp with an underlying condition. I want to imagine things will eventually be more like the used to (could take a year or two), and we will also have adapted to some residual limitations so they don’t bother us quite as much as they do now. Things might not ever be as they were before, but I def don’t think they’ll be as they are now either. Hang in there!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Yes.

I’m having some extreme personal issues that I’d rather not dive into here, and although I have a wonderful supportive husband by my side, what I really need at this moment is a big hug from my mother, my father, my grandma. I miss them so much and I’m starting to worry seeing any of them in person won’t be an option at all this year, starting to worry that things like Thanksgiving and Christmas will be taking the year off. It’s a really hard pill to swallow.

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