The Covid crisis has sent the world crazy. How do we keep our cool with everything going on?
We are now living in the world of a pandemic disease. I have never experienced it before and I have to say it is a real eye-opener. Here in Saigon, it’s been about seven weeks since the first whispers of Corona spread. Since then it’s been school shutdowns and online teaching; now it’s bar closures and mandatory facemasks at the supermarket. And every day the fear gets a little more. It’s got to the point were social distancing seems like the done thing and I’m worried about taking my son out of the house. I hear things are getting much worst back in the West.
The reports I see, show Italy like a war zone, inadequate government responses and shops being ransacked. Is it going too far to say we’re living in the time of the Covid Crisis?
The problem of Covid Crisis
Well, here it’s not that bad. Apart from times of heightened fear, we don’t have that many cases and the government is on the case to keep everything under control. But now that control has started to take over.
We’ve been online teaching for seven weeks, and some kids have been virtually locked in their rooms or sent off to relatives in the country.
The main supermarket chain has implemented hygiene rules, which means if you don’t have a face mask, then you don’t enter the shop. You must also wash your hands with hand sanitiser. They have a security guard at the entrance with a spray bottle and they’re selling cheap masks if you don’t have one.
Just this weekend, the word went out that all entertainment areas are to be shut down.
And as a foreigner here, I’m starting to feel eyes looking at me like I might be one of those horrible disease carriers bringing the dreaded virus here. In fact, I’ve heard of places in town putting up signs saying, no foreigners.
This certainly feels like a reaction to a Covid Crisis.
And I get it, and I’m grateful that the government is taking such proactive measures. It feels like someone is in control and that they have a chance of stopping the spread. (Unlike some of the reports I hear back in The West.)
The Fallout from Covid Crisis
The main fallout from all this is now fear rules the day:
Schools in lockdown
My teenage students are locked in their rooms staring at a computer screen all day. This is the best we can do, but teaching online is flat. Many of my younger students are going a bit stir crazy home alone. I’m going a bit nuts also, staring at the screen, and there’s a feeling of depression starting to creep in.
Lockdown at home
Here in my apartment complex they’ve shut down the gym. They’ve shut down the pool. Around town, they’ve shut down the bars and the cinemas and all forms of entertainment areas. It’s considered mandatory to wear a mask when going out. A feeling of flatness and boredom has descended. It feels like a time of reservation and a time to be anti-social.
And there’s no end in sight – at least we don’t know what will happen next.
It’s been a real education in mass hysteria, mass panic. Now, it’s maybe not that bad. I mean, it doesn’t feel that bad, but at the same time I can feel that pull of fear -that yanking inside that’s started asking the question – am I the crazy one for not being more worried? When is it ‘normal’ to start worrying? How will this end? What happens if it mutates?
But that’s all the fear talking.
I refuse to go crazy because of this Covid Crisis.
I love the example set but Londoners in the Blitz – stay calm and carry on.
Yes Corona is making the world a little crazy and yes we need to react to it.
However, we need to fight these feeling of depression, the angst, the boredom. For me that has been to double down on my efforts. I’m writing more than ever, I’m blogging, reading and studying and doubling my push towards my mission to success.
How to remain sane when the world is going crazy
1. Remember your principles
It may seem crazy, what with the rest of the world is struggling, but my principles tell me that in the Winter is the time to work the hardest. We need to do whatever we can now to get ready for the Summer. And I believe the Summer will come again. This will all be over and everything will again be back to normal.
So, instead of wallowing on things I cannot change, I putting my head down and doing the work.
2. Think outside ourselves
Another thing we can do, is think outside ourselves. Stop thinking poor me and fear, fear, fear. Start thinking, what can I do to reassure my family, friends and colleagues? How can we force some positivity into our conversations, our actions and our world.
We can start to think about the things we are grateful for and think about the people we need to support. If we spend less time thinking negative thoughts like what if, then we can start to be more productive. We need to think about the things we can do. Can we help the elderly people who are the most at risk? Maybe step up and be a great son or grandson, or daughter … and brave the shops to get something for someone who can’t.
Well you get the idea – when we throw of the victim hat, we can put on the hero hat. That feels much better. It leads to bravery, positivity and leadership, resilience, responsibility and all those good traits we want.
3. Get into a good state
And we can remember to do the things that make us pumped. For me, I’ll admit I had a fall apart weeknd. I was feeling glum about all the good energy being sucked out of my classroom, my living room, the enetertaining areas and my gym being placed out of bounds. It really sucked and so I spent a weeknd drinking. (Which for me wasn’t that much as I’ve virtually quit this year.) But yesterday I decided, no more, why feel gloomy when I have the power to feel great. I cranked up the Led Zepplin. I played my guitar. I bounced around my living room shadow boxing like a crazy person. I got my good state back. And now I’m blogging again trying to send positive energy to my tribe of success seekers.
Yes, we are living in the middle of a Covid Crisis. Some of us are worse off than others and we do need to be mindful that this is real.
But we need to resist going crazy.
Fight the seduction of the dark side – yes fear, anger, hatred, these feelings lead to the dark side.
Stay with the light – stay on the right – get pumped, get positive and get ready to fight.
Do the work now that will show you out tomorrow. Do and think for others and be a light in the world. And do what makes you happy and become Mr. or Mrs. Brightside.
It’s time to get positive and support those who need a push in the right direction.
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