Anxiety has really done a number on me…and it’s not letting up.
With all that’s going on in our county between COVID-19 and racial injustice – my anxiety keeps me from making any daily progress on things that I need to do.
While I’m high risk for Coronavirus because of my asthma and poor immune system – I’ve only been away from the house once – about 2 1/2 weeks ago to take my daughter Theresa to her school to pick up her things – and to drop off my mail-in ballot for our Pennsylvania primary. Which sadly, because of COVID-19 my doctor advised me not to work the election (I’m an Inspector of Elections for my precinct.) – and I felt awful not being there. Luckily, our precinct was combined with another one and there were enough poll-workers.
My husband Jim is back to work for the last 2 weeks – and he’s been the one picking up groceries and our drive-up orders from Target – and always wearing a mask. While Theresa keeps diligent track of everyone’s hand-washing and the duration (she posted instructions on the refrigerator, in case we forget how to properly scrub up.). Theresa and I will continue to stay at home as long as possible – and wear our masks whenever we do go out.
The dogs, Grace and Zoey, are still thrilled we’re home with them – and are taking full advantage of any extra love (or food) they can get. Thankfully, petting your dog (or other pet) is helpful for anxiety…and luckily they aren’t tired of me calling them to come and sit next to me.
I’ve got no energy – and I know that exercising helps combat tiredness – but I’m SO TIRED – I can’t do anything. That’s a problem. Theresa and I want to start walking in our neighborhood this week – and hope that becomes a good stress reliever and an energizer as we keep it up.
With so much weighing on so many people – if you need help – know that help is always available! Here’s a list of Crisis Helplines to save on your phone and/or keep in your home:
I’m just run down, stressed, tired…and feeling especially helpless in what I can do to help others right now. Is anyone else feeling the same way?