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Today, I want to talk about what is not talked about enough, in my opinion, when it comes to the current pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic: what is not talked about

pandemic what is not talked about

Date published: April 28 2021

Today, I want to talk about what is not talked about enough, in my opinion, when it comes to the current pandemic.

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I just recorded a podcast episode on this earlier this week, and I also wanted to make a blog post about it.

It is no secret that the pandemic has affected us all in different ways. From the virus itself, to major lifestyle changes, to added stress and mental health challenges, the world has definitely been impacted in a way that most of us did not expect.

As much as we hear about this every single day, there is still lots, in my opinion, that is not talked about enough. This includes: the feeling of separation in our society, fear, and mental health. These are all topics that aren’t really talked about, and that we’re not taught to deal with.

My goal with this post is to share with you what has helped me when it comes to the above topics, in the hopes that it may help someone else as well.




The covid-19 pandemic: what is not talked about (separation in society, fear, mental health + more)

A little update

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As I have readers all over the world, I first wanted to give a little update about the part of the world that I am in and how things have been.

I live in Toronto, Ontario, which is in Canada. At the time of writing (April 21 2021), we have been in a “lockdown” (I put this in quotation marks as many words have been used interchangeably by our government to describe this such as “lockdown”, “stay at home order”, “emergency brake”, etc.) since about October-November of 2020. Things had slowly started to open back up in the Summer of 2020, but had to shut back down in Oct-Nov due to cases rising. We have since been strongly discouraged to not do anything unless it is essential.

Cases have been continuing to rise, and our current lockdown is expected to last another 4-5 weeks. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that we are all hoping that this lockdown helps to control the spread, and that we can eventually start to ease back in what we used to call “normal life”. Vaccines are also starting to get rolled out, which are expected to help control the spread as well.

So that’s a little update on the part of the world I’m in. I wanted to give a brief update so that you can better understand where I’m coming from when it comes to what we’ll be talking about in today’s post.

What’s really going on?

I also did mention in my podcast episode that, in my opinion, we’re not getting the full story on this whole situation. As much as it doesn’t really have much to do with what we’re going to be talking about today, I did want to touch on this briefly.

In my opinion, the media is very filtered - meaning that they show us what they want to show us. That is always something we should keep in mind when listening to any sort of media. They can choose to show the information they want us to see, and in the way they want us to see it.




The reason I believe we’re not getting the full story is simply due to things not adding up. For example, doctors have come out to say that they’ve been forced to attribute patient deaths to covid, when that wasn’t necessarily the cause. Another example is a woman who came back to Canada after travelling, being told that there were not more hotel rooms available for her to quarantine in. She was then brought to another facility, and not told where when she asked. There were also documents in her room stating that she was not allowed to release any information on this.

When hearing things like that, I can’t help but intuitively feel that something is not right. I may be wrong but this is simply what my intuition is telling me.

Now let’s get into some of the things that we’ve been experiencing since the beginning of the pandemic that is not talked about as much, that I wanted to bring awareness to. I also want to add the disclaimer that this is only my perspective, along with what has helped me. Your perspective and what helps you may be different than my perspective and what has helped me, and that's totally valid and ok too.

Separation in society

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I first want to start off by saying that this is something that I’ve strongly experienced on social media, but less in my day-to-day life, so if you aren’t really on social media, this may not be as relevant.

So, what do I mean by separation in society?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been, in my opinion, more of a sense of separation in society. People have been forming opinions on what is right and what is wrong. What is an acceptable behaviour and what is not an acceptable behaviour.

Along with that, comes blaming others when a disagreement happens, and therefore, a sense of separation in our society.

Just the other day, I had posted a short clip on one of my social media accounts of me driving up to Barrie to go take a walk along the waterfront. I received a ton of criticism in the comments from this. From my perspective, I was doing what I felt I needed for my mental health, while keeping a safe distance from others. Was I in the wrong to do what I did? Honestly, I didn’t think so as there were no “rules” against this. But was I fully staying home? No. And therefore causing some people to think this was ok and others to think it wasn’t.

This is just one example - there’s been tons of criticism and judgement on social media with things like this.

And that, in my opinion, is where we can do better as a society (and I’m including myself in this too - there were a lot of things that I wanted to say in response to these comments because I didn’t agree with their point of view). 




And so, by each trying to do our part while taking care of ourselves is the main objective, we’re destroying one another instead. I think I speak for most of us when I say that everyone is facing personal challenges right now, and we each have different ways of coping.

We’re in a situation we’ve never been in, and therefore it’s bringing up some emotions within us that we maybe have never experienced before.

Below are some tips that have helped me cope that may help you as well when it comes to feeling this sense of separation.

#1. Remember that we all want the same outcome

We all want for life to go back to the way it used to. And so as much as all of this can make us feel as though we are being judged whether we do or don’t do something, to remember that at the end of the day, we all want the same thing. We simply have different opinions on what is the best way to go about it.

#2. You don’t know what someone is going through

This is another great one to remember. Whether you’re being criticized or you’re the one not agreeing with something you’re seeing, remembering that we never know what someone is going through. Everyone is doing the best with the resources they have.

#3. The egg story

If I get too deep into this, we’ll be going off topic so I’ll keep it short! To understand this point, you’ll want to watch this short 6-7 minute video.

The theory talked about in the egg video explains how everyone we see on this planet may simply be another reincarnation of us. I know, it can sound a little out there! I recommend you watch the video to better understand!

Do I believe this to be 100% true? I’m not too sure, BUT this is definitely something that has helped me when I’m disagreeing with someone on something, or in a challenging situation with someone. To remember that they may actually only be another reincarnation of me. When in this mindset, it’s easier to have empathy and remain calm.

Fear

If you’re like me, you may also have felt more fear during this past year. This could be fear due to not knowing where our life is headed as a whole, fear for not getting the virus, fear for people close to us, fear of judgement, and so on.

These are some tips that have helped me cope with fear.

#1. Your feelings are valid

The first thing I want to say is that your feelings are valid. Don’t feel as though you absolutely need to push the fear away if it doesn’t feel right. You’ll know when you’re ready. Feeling our feelings is part of processing through our feelings. If we bottle feelings up, they may come up even stronger at a later time.




So that is the first thing I want you to recognize - that your feelings ARE valid - feel them fully, so that you can let them go when you’re ready to do so. 

#2. Fear and faith are more alike than we think

Remember that whether you hold fear or whether you hold faith, that you are choosing to believe in something that is not yet real. Think about it - both scenarios require us to believe in something that is not yet real/true.

When we look at it that way, it can make it easier to shift our dominant thoughts towards faith instead of fear. When we look at fear objectively, essentially it is simply feeling stressed for no current reason - as in we are putting stress upon ourselves for something that MAY happen - for a worse case scenario that MAY happen - but it has not happened yet.

If you’re like me, maybe you like to feel prepared. Maybe that is why you hold onto fear (that is usually the reason for me). I tend to hold onto fear because I feel as though if I do, I will be more prepared for the worse case scenario.

However, let’s also remember that our minds like to find evidence of what we believe most. And so if we believe most in the worse case scenario, that is the type of evidence that our mind will look for.

So shifting our beliefs to faith that good is coming, rather than fear that bad is coming. Both are possible as the outcome hasn’t happened yet.

And *if* the worst case scenario happens, trusting that your body will guide you on handling that when it comes, so that we can remain present in the moment, as opposed to feeling stressed about a future that hasn’t happened yet.

#3. Watch what you feed your mind

Again, as mentioned above, our mind will find evidence on what it believes to be true. And so to focus on feeding your mind information that makes you feel good.

That’s not to say to ignore what’s going on, but to instead only take in the information you feel is necessary. For example, I remember when our last lockdown was announced, I was consumed with watching every single clip about it, and reading all the comments - it made me feel good to see that I wasn’t the only one frustrated. But it was feeding my feelings of frustration rather than creating feelings of joy, etc. - it was a false sense of “feeling good”. My energy would likely have been much better spent on myself such as going for a walk, meditating, etc.




All of this to say to simply watch what you feed your mind. The news can have a tendency to make us feel “connected” and “in the know”, but at the same time, let’s remember that oftentimes the news are not the most up lifting. That’s not to say to never watch the news, but to know your own line on what you feel is necessary to know, and when you feel as though it is causing more harm than good on your overall state and mental health.

#4. Look at the big picture

This may not resonate with everyone, but I wanted to include it in case it resonated with you. If you’re like me and you believe that we are souls in a physical body only here on earth for a temporary experience, remember to take a step back and see this whole picture.

We can tend to get wrapped in in life because of course, we’re living in it! But there’s something about taking a step back and remembering that this experience here on earth is simply a slice of our whole existence as a soul. I find this thought very calming, and it helps me to “get out of my head” when feeling stressed.

Mental health

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And lastly, let’s talk about mental health. I don’t really have too many specific tips, as this is something I feel that everyone handles differently. And the way that best works for you, IS what you should do for you.

This is more of a reminder to let you know that you’re not alone. Everyone I’ve spoken to has been affected by this in some way or another. Many of my friends have also found that this has affected their mental health - everyone is facing their own set of challenges.

What I wanted to leave you with is to listen to what you need most, and to be there for yourself. To take care of yourself, and that whatever you are feeling is valid. You’re allowed to feel - frustration, fear, anger, etc., you’re allowed to feel that. Be there for you the way a best friend would be there for you.


This post was all about the covid-19 pandemic: what is not talked about. My goal with this post was to raise awareness on topics that are not talked about very much, yet important to talk about and learn how to navigate, and share what has helped me in the hopes that it may help one of you as well.

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