The world is a very stressed anxious place right now. None of us are resistant from the worry that comes at a time like this. The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is changing so frequently, that it can be difficult to keep up. The stress and feeling of being overwhelmed is common, and normal.
I’m not a psychologist, I’m an osteopath. But as a primary care practitioner interacting with many people every day, I can see the emotions that almost all people are going through right now. I see and hear the anxiety, stress, pressure, worry – about your own health, about your family’s health; about your finances, about the ability of your business to withstand the hit the economy. I see the frustration on the faces of teachers, and the tiredness on the faces of doctors and nurses (already).
I have friends and family who are GPs, podiatrists, beauty therapists, teachers, carers, nurses. Friends who have young children with chronic lung conditions. I have family members and friends in “high risk” groups. I feel all of it, and I know you all are too.
Every single one of us is experiencing something. And it is hard. It is so very hard.
This week I’ve had discussions with nearly everyone I know – sometimes I feel more positive, sometimes I feel worse after. Even so, I think in general talking about it with people you trust is better than not.
I’ve been thinking of ways to help myself. And I’ll start with this: I’m going to stop refreshing the news websites every chance I get. It’s important to keep informed, but checking every hour (or more frequently) isn’t going to change anything. Mentally I need a break.
For all of my patients – if you want to talk about the COVID-19 and any related topics when you come in for a treatment – go for it. I’ll listen and discuss. If you need a break, just let me know, and we can talk about something entirely different! We also have telehealth options available for you if you prefer.
This is something we are going to get through with the (remote) support of others. We need to look out for others, check in on our family and friends, keep our distance as much as possible.
This is how I am feeling. How are you feeling?
Written By Scott Toniazzo
March 27, 2020
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