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Afrohair
Afrohair

I’m finding it hard to manage at the minute my anxiety is through the roof my partner is still working they have put the 2m separation measure in but I’m still scared he will bring it home.he works for Amazon ! I’m almost sure I’m high risk but as my health condition is under investigation still I can only try and protect myself !before the outbreak I was having breathing difficulties and problems with inflammation in my chest so I obviously haven’t had a letter or anything but have another condition which I was awaiting an operation.i have been laid of temporary but all I’m doing is cleaning as a way of protecting myself and curing these anxious thoughts is anyone else still working away from home or struggling with anxiety of the virus.please also use this post for people to answer your own struggles in regards to the virus to protect members that don’t want to talk about it x

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I hear you. Sorry for your anxiety, I also have a lot of anxiety about the virus. I live alone with no pets and the anxiety of the situation and uncertainty is very hard for me, plus the isolation. Just remember we ony control what we control, do your best and try to self-validate. Mindful meditation has helped me, it's a way of practicing staying in the moment. Sending positive thoughts your way!

I do try mindfulness and make a bad situation turn good type of thing! but my partner thinks I’m over exaggerating with all the cleaning.I just feel like that’s only way I can protect them .im getting kiddies to keep washing hands even though there locked inside I won’t event let them handle the post anymore we are always running out of food aswell been out twice for pasta and rice No shops have it in we are family of 5 so not having essential foods is a bit of a nightmare the kids are fussy eaters

Man, my little siblings fight and drag their feet with washing their hands more AND for 20 seconds AND with hot water. My family is of 7 and we go through a lot of food fast. With all of us home all the time, the house gets messy in 15 minutes. 🤦‍♀️😆😂

I find myself being irritated a lot because of the situation.

You’re working to keep your family safe!! I hope mindfulness keeps helping with the chaos and that the shops get shipments for food that your family likes.

Meditation can be really powerful! That’s good news that you’re watching your thoughts and, well, being mindful.

I imagine it’s difficult to be alone. I hope you have a support system or are finding ways to have interactions that leave positive impact! I find it easy to not reach out.

We’re in this together!

Thank you! Yes I have some friends and family I communicate with and I'm trying to find ways to be social and positive as much as I can. Might get a cat from a rescue!

Same here the virus is making me crazy every discomfort I feel in my body I automatically think it’s Coronavirus....I’m checking my temp every hour on top of that I nearly have a anxiety attack every time I put a thermometer to my mouth or even think about corona

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to HelpMePlz86

So sorry about that I just keep cleaning and washing my hands ,my hands are starting to crack with all the washing x

My anxiety is under control, but my depression is worse. What they say about people handling grief differently seems to apply to COVID-19 too. I might be feeling this way because I'm used to being busy. I haven't worked in six days. Thankfully it's a temporary unemployment, but I know I need to motivate myself to get things done around the house that I couldn't do when I was working. I'm trying to walk a mile a day in my neighborhood. I miss the parks and nature preserves in my area, especially my favorite one that's a few miles away.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Cathy63

Im so sorry about that I was glad to be laid of because my anxiety was getting worse as I work in a busy shop but we have a lot of unsavoury characters that come in what don’t wash etc and they didn’t give us any protection except hand spray and a pack of tissues on my last day I actually called in sick because I didn’t feel like they was watching out for us we should have been given masks and gloves I feel like they keep making decisions late on this virus x

Cathy63
Cathy63 in reply to Afrohair

One of my jobs was part time at a thrift store. I was finding myself feeling annoyed with people who were coming in and putting me and my coworkers at risk. I was relieved when we closed. The restaurant my daughter works at closed but is continuing takeout. A couple days ago she had to make a deliver to the hospital. I freaked out. My anxiety is back. She told me someone from the staff saw her coming and got the order, but I'm still upset she was put at risk. I'm upset with the restaurant for allowing delivery there, and I'm upset with the hospital staff. They of all people should know better then to put restaurant workers at risk. They could've gotten their food from the cafeteria or brought it from home. It was the dialysis unit, but still a risk. Rant over. I feel better now that I released this through my fingers.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Cathy63

There’s still a lot what needs addressing my partner is still out working for Amazon and people have been sent home due to symptoms. I really hope it Dosent get brought home as my doctor was investigating if I have asthma or another health condition.

Cathy63
Cathy63 in reply to Afrohair

Good luck. I hope you both stay well!

PastelPink20
PastelPink20 in reply to Cathy63

I am experiencing the same thing: less anxiety and more depression. I think it’s because I’m staying at home. I find myself avoiding things that I need to do and could usually manage getting done with my busier schedule, but not now.

That’s wonderful that you’re walking in your neighborhood!! I hadn’t realized how many different bird sounds I could hear from my backyard.

I know I'm anxious when I start talking to myself and having all the conspiracy theories.

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Hidden in reply to deepthinker

It is real. I have nurse friends working in the midst of it.

I just joined this website today as a hope to be able to express some feeling I have regarding this virus as well as life. I do not have a diagnosis of any anxiety disorder but as someone who has worked in the mental health field, I can't help but think I need additional support but when it comes to myself, I am not sure where to start. My current job now has us working still throughout the virus. We have started to take preventive measures to protect our employees but I cannot help but think it is too little too late. I am petrified of everything at this point. It is a struggle to go to work and focus. I am at work now and you see how little I am able to do as I am posting to this site. Every tickle in my throat, cough, or tightness in my chest I just know I have the virus and need to be at home. I have had some tightness in my chest on and off for almost a week now. I am fixated on checking my temperature to see if I am starting to spike a fever, you name it, I have thought it or done it. I am not sure what to do at this point. The only think I want to do at this point is go to my mothers, where I have always felt the safest but I know I can't. The fear of the unknown is killing me, I don't know when I will get to go to my mother's again. Every day I go to work restarts my clock of the days I need to isolate before seeing her. Any tips to manage anxiety during this trying time will be most appreciated as I don't think I have ever felt this at a level and I have no way to cope at this point.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to nolasaint

I’m so sorry you are feeling this way you broke my heart posting this so firstly I’d like to say well done for trying.i understand how you feel about work because my partner is still working and I’ve even gone to the point of not sleeping in the same room incase he gets it so I can protect myself and my children although we are slightly laughing about it we both know it’s not a joke.im terrified he will bring it home and that what they have done is too late but I just have to hope and pray every night he Dosent bring it home I do feel Amazon have no regard for their staff as they have him a lousy £2 bonus for it !wheres I’ve been told not to work and the shop is shut.everyday I tell my partner please don’t go but he says he needs to provide for us I say what is that money worth if one of us dies!but he won’t quit or do something he keeps telling me he’s distancing at work but I don’t understand how it’s possible.well here I am babbling I hope I haven’t added to your anxiety.could you tell your boss how you are feeling?would he then give you more flexibility working I wonder I keep praying that on the news they announce everyone to stop working as it’s killing me watch him go out I darent even go out and we’re running out of food x

nolasaint
nolasaint in reply to Afrohair

Thank you for responding to me. The biggest relief is knowing I am not in this alone, there are people out there who are struggling just as much if not more than me and we are all in this together. I think my whole family thinks I am a bit over the top with this but it is just my way of processing. I have spoke to my boss and there is some telecommuting opportunities but it will not be able to be sustained through the whole isolation that I feel we all must be doing to slow the spread. I hope and pray for your sake as well that everyone stays healthy and safe where you are. A ray of sunshine in my situation is I do not have children, I know that is an added level of stress of just making sure everyone is protected and safe in your home. My partner I live with actually works at the same business as me so we have not separated sleeping arrangements yet because we both are currently in the same risk pool we feel. That helps some as a human support that you actually can be closer than 2 meters to but it doesn't change the fact that there are other people that we know and love that don't live with us that we want to be close with. I am trying to keep as level headed as possible, I am the source of shopping at this point for my mother and grandmother and I have essentially told them to not even get in the car but it is so upsetting to drive to their home and leave groceries and medications on the front porch, tell them not to touch it for a bit after I spray the bags with disinfectant and then leave. I hope that we all as humans can see the benefit of slowing the spread and work together to get through this first wave, not to say a second wave won't be better, but I think the biggest thing for me is the fear of the unknown, and there are more unknowns with this than anything I have experienced in my life.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to nolasaint

I just had a message from my partner last night someone at work went home because they had symptoms I’m scared to go near my partner x

Got to go and get food today and I’m so scared I’ll be going alone x

How do we handle our anxiety? I have severe anxiety and panic disorder and with what’s going on with the virus, it’s at its max. I also suffer from paranoia and it’s out of control. I just put a post up about paranoia because I did not see this thread, but I need to stop living with this irrational fear that the world is officially going to end. It’s affecting me At a level that I feel close to having to be hospitalized. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. I’m getting panic attacks all throughout the day. I’m giving up on life is what I’m doing doing. I don’t want to be this way tho.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Caseopia

I’m so sorry I don’t have much experience on severe anxiety and panic disorder I would class mine as a mild case my panic attacks are infrequent but I’m anxious every day even more with the Coronavirus hopefully someone will come along with some good advice for you .still you can use this space to vent your thoughts!l will take a look at your recent post and see how I can help you x

Caseopia
Caseopia in reply to Afrohair

Thank you. I feel so alone. But I know I’m not.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Caseopia

ive taken a look and think your new approach is inviting you should face time friends and family and get some fresh air but do you have a garden to do that I feel going out might bring on more anxiety.it did for me yesterday I wanted to go out again today for some shopping I missed but I’m too scared too.you really need companionship at this point you can talk here if you would like it Dosent have to be about anxiety it can be anything you would like x

Caseopia
Caseopia in reply to Afrohair

Thank you so much. I just came back from a walk on the beach and I do love gardening. I can work on my gardens today. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m not too anxious being at the beach because no one is there but I am scared to go shopping and I need groceries. I have no food but have been too scared to go. I really appreciate you responding.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Caseopia

Yes that’s what I’m scared to do I missed a few groceries yesterday and I’m too scared to go out and get them I was anxious for a whole day before I went out shopping and it even stopped me getting what I need and you can see in the shops some of the cashiers look scared when your coming with your shopping which made me more anxious I have a lot of respect for the supermarket staff at this point.glad you enjoyed your walk on the beach hopefully you can be at bit calmer at home.do you have a television I always find tv makes me refocus and keeps me company x

Caseopia
Caseopia in reply to Afrohair

I usually don’t watch tv but maybe I should turn on a comedy to laugh a little. You give me courage to actually go to the grocery store today. You did it. So I know I can do it. I do need to eat so I have to go.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to Caseopia

Yes you need to keep your strength up !just keep within the rules and don’t be discouraged some people can make you a little more anxious as they don’t appear to be going by the rules or getting to close I had a few people jump in front of me because I was keeping distance in the que but I just let them as I don’t want to get close to them .there are some people out there with different views on the virus or may not even properly understand what’s going on.so I’m mindful of that lots of people are finding this new routine difficult especially those with mental health issues

Caseopia
Caseopia in reply to Afrohair

Very good points. Thank you again.

How did grocery shopping go?

I tend to keep everyone else 6 ft away from me, if possible. Wipe down the cart. Dont touch my face, phone, eyes, nose, etc. And pray. There’s only so much I can control.

As for comedy, I do like John Mulaney! Maybe try seeing if any of his stuff makes you smile! :)

Grocery shopping wasn’t too hard because there was barely anyone at the store. It felt good to have gotten groceries. I don’t go to the grocery store much because it gives me anxiety and now it’s even harder but I’m proud I did it. Thank you for checking up. I’ll have to check out John Mulaney.

I don’t watch the news as much it helps me. I need iron infusions but I can’t get them I’m so tired. I’m reading books about positivity and I have a mindfulness journal. I do mindfulness and I bought this mindfulness journal and it can be meditation listening to music quietly peace then it asks how you felt how did you feel after it does help you realize you feel calmer. I’m still able to go out for walks so I do mindfulness walking and put my phone on mute. Or watch aquarium music on YouTube I love that. I schedule in mindfulness 3x day. I try to make a routine and be present as right now I’m safe. With my fatigue I cry easy get tired I feel sick all day long. I have stimach issues from past meds & low iron. So I realize I have to watch movies and live in the moment and I text with my brother and just lay down then do a few things. Can’t help situations I had to let go. I work on that daily.

Afrohair
Afrohair in reply to guitara69

So sorry you can’t get your iron.have you tried online ?being mindful helps a lot and that things will be alright soon x

Caseopia
Caseopia in reply to guitara69

You just mentioned a lot of great ways to cope with your daily routine and some great daily positive reminders that I need to try. . I’m sorry to hear about your medicine but I do thank you for sharing. Especially when you said “can’t help situations I had to let go”. Greatly appreciated.

I feel like I’m letting this current situation cause me to fall back into old habits.

Feeling depressed, don’t want to get out of bed, sleeping too late or not enough, avoiding my schoolwork, avoiding friends (I don’t do online very well), just letting tasks build up in my mind to be these huge big scary things that I can’t do and feeling more ashamed. It makes me want to hide away.

The coronavirus was a minor inconvenience and a great excuse to spend more time with my family. But now, I am terrified when I have had to step outside of the house... and I am functioning less at home.

I mean, I’m eating and stuff. I’m alive. I’ll survive. But, I’m still self-sabotaging.

I’m supposed to attack my hording/cluttering problem Asap so we can paint and apply to 4 yr universities to transfer to. Idk.

Idk when my work is going to start back up. I don’t know if I’ll get the grades I need this semester at my community college. I know I’ll make it physically. It’s just... hard. :/

You do what you can do this climate .im going to do more cleaning today !do try and tackle that hoard it will make you feel so much better confined to a small space x

How is everyone today kids are eating me out of house and home being off school lol might have to do another food trip soon x

Just wondered how often people are getting groceries were told to go infrequently but finding I’m going every 3 days is that infrequent enough?I need fresh fruit and veg aswell is it ok to go out in this way my neighbour said she had a months stock but I eat fresh so find it difficult she has piles of crisps and tonnes of tinned food family of 7 they are though

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