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Dealing with COVID-19

Discussion in 'Help and Support' started by Mia, Mar 6, 2020.

What effect is the pandemic having on your mental health?

  1. It is making it easier

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  2. It is making it harder

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    79.2%
  1. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    While I can't link to any videos as there's swearing involved either in the comments or from the individuals themselves, it seems a fair few celebrities are really showing how self-obsessed and outright disgusting they truly are as they react to the pandemic.

    Example number one are those who are ignoring/outright refusing to "self-quarantine" because they care more about their "freedom" than their lives, regardless of whether they catch the illness and/or spread it around (an example been Evangeline Lilly).

    Example number two are those who are hoping for old people to die (an example been Vanessa Hudgens - although she has now apologized after originally claiming that her words were "taken out of context").

    Example number three are those who are losing their minds while they are self-quarantined and acting/whining like spoilt brats, making it out like self-quarantining is so hard for them as they're restricted to their expensive properties (an example been Cardi B. While I can't link to the video in question, here's a censored version of what she said in an online rant).

    “If you work at the [censored] Pentagon, let a [censored] know. I need to know. I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m losing my [censored] mind. I want to get dressed up. I want to put a [censored] lace front on, I want to put on my [censored] expensive outfits, and I want to go out. And I can’t!”


    All that said, watching the third example is proving to be unintentionally entertaining, so that's passing the time at least.
     
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  2. Aspie_With_Attitude

    Aspie_With_Attitude Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Here's my latest video upload on the Coronavirus pandemic this time round discussing quarantine and why it is so important. I also mention how I am prepared to survive the world wide pandemic and what it will happen if I contract the COVID-19 virus.
     
  3. Anonym

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    Actually having a very hard time here. It wouldn’t impact my spouse and me much, due to our lifestyle preferences, but I am currently my mother’s caretaker, post icu/sepsis recovery. Something of a nightmare on its own, but the added circumstances make this tremendously stressful for myself, my spouse and especially my mother. She’s a one menu kind of eater (and potentially asd/add), whereas I’m more utilitarian about my nutritional needs. Just getting food she’s willing to eat (without unnecessarily increasing her risk of infection) is proving to be quite difficult. I’m going to make some calls today, see what I can do.

    Oh, and my new dog has a tumor on her tail that requires surgical removal . She’s scheduled for the 31st, but it’s hard to know what the world will look like tomorrow, much less 9 days from now.
    I’m scared, sad and exhausted, just doing the best I can. Grateful for what I have, when I have it.
     
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  4. Canismajoris

    Canismajoris Hypergiant

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    Hmmm... Personally I am mostly worried about the ecomical effects for my family. It looks quite bad from that point of view. Social distancing and remote working suit me perfectly. I actually enjoy this much more than working in the office.
     
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  5. GadAbout

    GadAbout Well-Known Member

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    My vet is allowing owners to bring pets to the parking lot, then the staff will come out and get the pet, take it into the facility, treat it, then return it to the owner the same way. I bet if you ask the vet if they can do that, they would accommodate you.

    At one point maybe ten years ago, I was post-surgical and barely able to walk let alone carry a pet carrier. I made a similar arrangement, for staff to carry the animal inside while I came in with a walker (which requires two hands).

    I am truly sorry I can't offer any suggestions with regard to care for your mother. Good luck, it does sound very stressful.
     
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    FromEquestria2LA Well-Known Member

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  7. Sherlock77

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    My anxiety is more related to the economic effects than health, not that health doesn't play into to it...
     
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  8. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Guess l am calling my female friends more, seeing how they are coping. Nobody has gotten sick. I have a little stress because l hate where l live. I have decided now is the time to buy a home because sales have dropped putting me in the best seat.
     
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  9. Tony Ramirez

    Tony Ramirez Christian with Asperger's Syndrome

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    I don't call my female friends as they rather communicate by texts :D.
     
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  10. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Lol. I text a lot. But sometimes a voice asking you how you are doing is good too.
     
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  11. Gracey

    Gracey Well-Known Member

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    For those that don't feel up to walking their energetic dogs out in public,

    Their are many sites and social media groups that offer ideas for Brain Games.

    Getting the animal to use it's brain in a different way can be as effective as a five mile hike thus keeping the animal calmer. Fullfilled.

    There are calming massage type sites too. Tellington Touch being just one.

    (No chewed furniture and stir crazy neurotic dogs) :)
     
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  12. Ezra

    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    I am at high risk due to lifelong respiratory issues. The way I look at it is I can stay isolated while everyone else goes about business as usual.

    I appreciate the government wanting to shut everything down to save me, but it really is not necessary.
     
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  13. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Toward managing anxiety regarding health/COVID-19
    Outline from short article (linked below).

    1) Avoid the (Health-Related) News
    2) Try Not to Seek Constant Reassurance
    3) Introduce an Absolute Ban on Googling Symptoms
    4) Try a Countering Technique
    5) Do Some Exercise
    6) Breathing and Grounding Exercises
    7) Allocate Yourself a Daily ‘Worry Period’
    8) Treat Yourself
    9) Remember That Your Anxious State Isn’t Permanent


    If Coronavirus Scares You, Read This to Take Control Over Your Health Anxiety - The Guardian - Pocket
     
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  14. HidinginPlainSight

    HidinginPlainSight Well-Known Member

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    It would be nice if people took this opportunity to learn about the ecology of viruses and all of the ecological niches they perform.
     
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  15. Tony Ramirez

    Tony Ramirez Christian with Asperger's Syndrome

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    I am already doing number 5.
     
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  16. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Exercise?

    Enough snow has melted that I can walk on the
    shoulder of the paved road now.
     
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  17. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Eventually this will slow down and the numbers will taper off. We need to realise this and take a deep breath.
     
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  18. Varzar

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    Just not near anyone who's coughing or sniffing... ;)
     
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  19. Tony Ramirez

    Tony Ramirez Christian with Asperger's Syndrome

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    This virus is ruining my life. I can't go out for walks, hang out at Church groups, go to Chuch on Sunday, seconds course canceled. Everything cancelled.

    What I have remained of a social life is restricted virtual on my small phone screen which is mostly texting as millennium's I am friends with don't like to make phone calls. Except for video chats that are virtual life group mettings or virtual church.

    Now the tipping point Amazon as nothing in stock anymore. I wanted to order dumbbells since I can't walk and I want to lose weight well they don't have them in stock. So I can't even do that.

    This virus should have been contained in China then the world would not be suffering. Now we got people from my Church family they could lose there job and they can't go out either.
     
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  20. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Try to hang in there. I am taking time to talk to the brave souls in stores and restaurants, because they are brave to show up at work.
     
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