The Fear We Feel And How To Fight It

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    #16
    As of right now, I honestly feel like I am still in a state of shock. Like at some moment, I am going to wake up and this will all have been some messed up dream.

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      #17
      camwynya both good ideas! Ever since my husband told me that singing "Happy birthday" twice takes about 30 seconds, we've been washing our hands to me singing "we don't want corona" to that tune. My two-year-old even sang it to her grandma when grandma was washing her hands. Back when she could still come to visit. Like, last week. It was really cute, but also a little eerie.

      (It's funny. You read everywhere that people have a hard time grasping exponential growth. But I think we're learning about it. Maybe not on the level of intellect, but that visceral feeling of "dammit, that escalated quickly". Two weeks ago, my parents and grandmother were here after my younger daughter's christening - in a church, which was not closed because why would it be. The next day, I went to work, as always on wednesdays. The week after that, everybody was supposed to work from home if possible, and now I'm sitting here sewing face masks, happy that it's still allowed to go for walks if you keep a distance to everybody not part of your household.)

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        #18
        Hey , all the more time to check out this fire website tho
        but seriously, everyone stay healthy, and we will all get through this

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          #19
          Thank you! I am trying to keep in touch with my family and people I care about. This situation has divided us physically but at the same time we hold together more strongly than before. Nobody I know personally is sick yet, but the rope is getting tighter and tighter around us. That's why we must not stop communicating, we're in this together and together we'll stay strong

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            #20
            Great post Damer. Love the litany against fear, wonderful book.
            This World appears chaotic and full of fear, it is getting smaller and we all are getting closer. Our differences are tiny, we all get scared. This tribe of people are wonderfully demonstrating how we can support one another just by sharing our thoughts and feelings.
            the world may be physically isolating, media spreading fear, but we are not alone. Keep sharing, keep building those connections that makes your tribes stronger.


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              #21
              Rathgar amen. Stay safe.

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                #22
                Rainbow Dragon ... you are singing to the choir, dear Dragon Lady. Singing to the choir.

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                  #23
                  Thanks for sharing thiese considerations and advices

                  Meditation to generate positive energy and good vibrations

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                    #24
                    I've been trying my best to keep a positive attitude when this first started here, but everyday for the past week my stress level has been through the roof. It gets harder and harder to joke around with my coworkers when everyday I go out on my route and see the streets are fairly empty, the restaurants have almost no business now, all but one of my churches have closed... Granted, I still see my customers walking their dogs and working in their yards, but it's still a different feeling. No lie, early this week I actually had to hold back tears delivering the mail. The worst part is knowing that even if/when things get worse my coworkers and I still are coming in to deliver whatever we have, to keep up the sense of normalcy for our community, and possibly getting the virus ourselves and bringing it back to our families or customers. Not a fun feeling.

                    At the same time, I'm trying to refocus and build up a new routine that will help me with the stress... Overeating, oversleeping, and not working out besides at my job are not really a good coping mechanisms if this lasts longer than anticipated. Also, I'm working on resetting my outlook on the this - instead of viewing everyday like it's a Saturday, switching it to like it's Christmas time where no matter what you gotta come in and get that mail/parcels out there. It still sucks, but I'd rather remind myself that my customers depend on me to get them their medicines and checks in a timely fashion. I'm also going put the Litany of Fear in my phone so on the worst days I can pull through...

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                      #25
                      Mightymite

                      I'm a surgical vet tech and also considered an essential worker in the US. It is indeed eerie to be working your usual schedule and to see everything nearly desolate - I've shaved 5 to 10 minutes off my commute.

                      I also understand the struggle not to fall back on bad habits because of the stress. It's been challenging for me to keep working out after both gyms I attended have closed for the foreseeable future. Rather, I'm still working out at home, but the intensity is just not nearly the same and I struggle to push through my tougher work outs. Exercise is a really important release for me, and it's frustrating not to have it.

                      My coworkers are both a source of comedic relief and more stress - we all know that if someone is exposed by a client or otherwise, all of us are going to end up with the virus by sheer proximity and the nature of our work. Add that to struggling resources (many gloves and masks are being re-purposed to human hospitals, as they should) and a handful of asthmatics and others with chronic diseases, myself included, and it all feels like an inevitability at this point.

                      I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I sympathize deeply with your situation and I appreciate you trying your best. It's all we can do.

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                        #26
                        Mightymite and Little Bear thank you so much for adding here and we all truly, deeply feel for you. Seeing such profound change on town streets, on a daily basis, must be heart-wrenching to say the least. Mental toughness is a strange thing. It requires both empathy (the feelings you describe) and an acknowledgement of fear. Resilience comes when we feel that we have a mission. What we do adds meaning to people's lives and makes them feel less isolated and less helpless. Doing our best is, indeed, all we can do as Little Bear says. At the same time it's also important to remember that despite the apparent isolation and the sense of helplessness we have never felt more connected to each other. Your words here, case in point, they show that our world is far from over. This is a challenge that we will overcome and it will take all of us to do it.

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                          #27
                          For me it is like an unseen enemy. I was trained in the past on how to deal with an enemy...eliminate the threat...plain and simple. But this virus is an unseen enemy...all I can do is stay at home as much as possible and wash my hands and don't touch my face. Unfortunately I must leave my comfortable safe house to go to work. My province has deemed all Aircraft operations an essential service...which is strange because our customers are closing their facilities. I inspect aircraft parts for a manufacturing company. So...is it really essential with all the aircraft grounded right now? I doubt it. But we are still open for now and in a way I am thankful to still have an income, however being a person with heart disease, this scares me. I really do not want to get sick. I am taking every precaution possible. All I can hope is that the company eventually does a temporary shut down. Unfortunately one can only get Employment Insurance here if one is laid off or ill. So I can't just decide to stay home. Very frustrating and the stress and anxiety I feel at work is absolutely horrible. I hate this unseen enemy that is Covid-19!

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