The daily news is overwhelming right now: The coronavirus and its impact on our economy, stock market and daily life are devastating. Many of us have never lived through anything like this before and it can be overwhelming.
We have cities and states declaring emergencies even with zero confirmed virus cases. Schools are shutdown, governors are ordering shutdown of private businesses and are issuing executive orders to ban the sale of certain products.
And now we have counties in the S.F. Bay Area ordering a “shelter in place” for their citizens (unless you are homeless).
The daily inundation of this news along with the panic created by the media has caused much stress to Americans. I must admit, I am one of them.
I need a break.
My boyfriend is deployed outside of the country right now. They’ve been trying to secure flights home with no luck. I have no idea when he might actually be coming back to the states. It’s a “hurry up and wait” situation.
I know he is safe yet we cannot communicate by phone or text. Technology isn’t always functioning in many countries around the world.
It is not just my problem. Many military folk experience the same situation on a daily basis. It’s the normal stress of that life.
Yet it seems that with the pandemic we are facing today, many people are experiencing a new, “normal” stress. And that is not good for your health.
So I’m taking a break from posting here on FOTM. I need to reclaim my sanity and focus on my home (the grass is springing up and I need to break out the weed whacker and lawnmower soon), my kitties, and most importantly – my family and friends.
Now is a good time to call your family members and check in on your neighbors. Even though we should practice “social distancing” right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a call to someone local or in the states. Make sure they are OK and spend some time conversing with them instead of watching the news.
Also, it’s a good time to say a prayer. Always a good time for that.
I’ll be back to posting soon and will check in on comments. Keep the faith that this will end soon and we’ll survive much stronger.