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Nipping the secondary pandemic in the bud. Mental Health in the shadow of Isolation

There is so much that I want to say, and being pretty much self quarantined because of my heart condition, it makes it all the more difficult to quantify. Human contact is vitally important to us all. Especially to someone like me who thrives on being around people.

This morning as I was feeling sorry for myself, I read a post on Facebook that slapped me in the face. I have been feeling so defeated for months/years with so much negativity in my life. (but this post is not about me, I will address this issue in my next blog) But just this morning it occurred to me that there is so much energy being wasted on the stupid stuff we have all been worrying about. There are real tragedies happening right before our eyes. And the biggest is the mental health toll this is taking on our loved ones, friends and people that would not normally cross our minds. There is a little girl fighting for her life in a battle with leukemia. Normally she would be surrounded by the love and support of her loving family. My Uncle is in a nursing home, he is trying to recover from yet another bout of Pneumonia and his family can't visit him. My mom, and my mother in law are self quarantining because of their health and age, luckily my sister has moved in with my mom and my mother in law has her "Lucky" puppy to keep her company. My son got sick at the onset of this, and has self quarantined with no human contact. These are just a few examples of my close relationships, but there are literally millions out there with far worse stories of isolation. They are desperately in need of a hug and face to face conversation. And we are just at the beginning of this epidemic.


Then you add onto this a 24/7 news cycle that only talks about the virus and all the negative aspects that comes along with it. You have no idea who to believe, because they all blame the other, and so much of the news is over blown, or missing the point all together. It's scary, and concerning at the least. The fear of the unknown, the what if's, and the your all gonna die. Then factor in the case of our economic future. Again the anxiety with falls into every scenario your mind can imagine. Even social media that has literally kept me going over the last few years has turned so negative that its hard to even skim the news feed. The false narrative, the vial rhetoric, the insulting and demoralizing political posts that even though you try to ignore, tear's at your core. I often wonder, do the people who you call friends and/or family realize that those insulting posts are so offensive know how hurtful they are, or do they just not care. If that is the case, do you really need them in your life?


So I'm imploring each of you to reach out and try to be creative to simulating in some way that human connection with those you love, with friends, with people you don't even know. Can we somehow find those that are so isolated because they have no family or friends to watch out for them. If you know of ways to do that please share them. Instead of filling that Facebook feed with accusations, blame, insults. Lets fill that news feed with ways to reach out. To show people they are not forgotten. Call people, reconnect with people you haven't spoken to in long time. Ask a neighbor if they need anything. Mental health is a health issue that no one likes to talk about, and I believe this is a byproduct of the corona Virus that will have little coverage, so lets band together to keep this from becoming the secondary pandemic of this incomparable time of all of our lives.


God Bless you all if you made it this far, thank you for sticking with me.

You are all very important to me, and I thank you for your support.


Here are some links to help cope with isolation


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/03/21/eating-alone-together-virtual-dinner-parties-are-helping-people-fight-isolation/


https://www.insider.com/coronavirus-help-acts-of-kindness-good-deeds#a-rabbi-and-synagogue-congregants-delivered-pizza-to-quarantined-families-in-the-bronx-9


https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4678191/jewish/10-Things-You-Can-Do-for-People-in-Quarantine.htm


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-tips-for-protecting-your-mental-health-during-quarantine.html


https://www.9news.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/how-to-help-someone-with-covid-19-or-who-is-quarantined/73-3c87ed98-0a06-4a48-bbe1-0b8f8dc6ce78




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