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  • Writer's pictureAya

Not knowing what we don’t know

Currently, all over the world is heavily influenced by Coronavirus (COVID-19). It happened somewhere in China a while ago. But there were SARS in 2003, Swine flu (H1N1) in 2009, and other infectious diseases here and there all the time. So when we heard about Coronavirus for the first time, many of us were not taking it so seriously. I was also saying that there are 60-80K people die only in the US just from seasonal flu every year.

However, the situation was getting worse and worse. We started to hear schools were closed in many Asian countries around Luna New Year. Then, we started to hear there were many serious cases in Italy and Iran.

On March 1st, there was the first death was confirmed in Washington states in the USA. And it started to spread in the West Coast, then the East Coast. On the East Coast, an outbreak happened in New Rochelle, NY. and within a few days, the number of patients started to double every day. Soon people started to rush to grocery stores and drug stores. So it becomes difficult to buy hand sanitizers, disinfection products, and toilet papers.

Then schools were closed, restaurants were closed except take-out and delivery services, playgrounds, amusement parks, museums, and many other public/private spaces were closed.

I see many people on social media commenting that they are scared, they are upset, they are anxious, and more.

What are you scared of? Are you scared of getting a Coronavirus? Are you scared of losing your job?

What are you upset about? Are you upset because you have to stay at home? Are you upset because you had to cancel your trip?

What are you anxious about? Are you anxious about your future? Are you anxious about the world economy?

It could be all of them.

It could be none of them.

You might not be able to identify the reason.

Don’t try to find the reason if you don’t know.

Don’t try to force yourself to be happy. Accept your fear, sadness, and anxiety. Tell yourself it is OK to have those feelings.

It is normal to be scared, sad, and anxious. It is OK to feel that way.

Sit down with a nice cup of tea. And welcome your fear, sadness, and anxiety. Monitor your thoughts and feelings. Just experience those feelings. Maybe only for 5 minutes. Just sit down and monitor inside of yourself.

If it is challenging for you to do it by yourself, find someone who can listen to you for 5-10 minutes without interrupting. Talk to him/her about your thoughts and feelings. Don’t expect to solve the issue. If it is better to talk to someone whom you don’t know well, I am here for you.

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