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Friday, December 11, 2020

Pandemic Diairies: Lessons Learned

This pandemic has me grappling with many different emotions, a lot of them negative. I have been annoyed with how a lot of people in spite of the threat of COVID 19 are still not being careful and are living like there is no threat of a virus that can kill people out there. I have been having a lot of issues with anxiety because of this fear that I could get infected and get sick or that I could infect others. On the work aspect, I have been feeling frustrated because I feel like people are not taking their jobs seriously and there are so many things that need to be double-checked and corrected because of it.  I feel so much more pressure to get work done because I am working from home and it is hard because the others who do the same seem to not have the same work ethic.

There is so much stress building up in me that I take it out on the elliptical when I work out here at home. It is often during that time that I get to think about what is happening, what I am feeling, and what I am going to do about it. I know it is a weird place and time to be doing that, but I have found that to be my sweet spot in terms of, well, “reflecting” on things.


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One thing that I have come to realize is that I need to be more patient and understanding. We are all trying to deal with our personal situations during this pandemic in our own way. I know we are all experiencing the same pandemic, the same lockdowns, and the same restrictions but we are all in different situations at home and at work. We are thrust into the same thing, but our situations are different. No matter how frustrating it can be when I feel that people are not reacting to things the way I expect them to, I need to understand that we all come from different backgrounds. Our personal life situations vary, so the reactions may not be what we want or expect them to be. I have come to realize that I need to be more patient in dealing with the things or people that annoy me. We are in an unusual situation. We are all dealing with it in our own way, and it is not a one-size-fits-all type of thing.

Besides, when it all boils down to it, this pandemic has made me realize even more how life is precious and how it is not guaranteed. We do not know how long or short our lives will be. That being said, do I really want to waste my time being annoyed with people I hardly know? Will I want to waste whatever time I may have on this earth feeling frustrated with things, situations, and people I cannot control? Is being negative the last thing I want to feel or be remembered for if my life comes to an end? Of course not. This is why I feel that there is a need for continued patience and understanding these days. It is not easy, but we sure need a lot of it right now.

To be clear, that does not mean that it is wrong to feel annoyed, frustrated, or even angry at times. I think we have to recognize that we are human, we have to acknowledge that our feelings are valid – it comes with the territory. We would not be human if we do not feel the vast range of emotions that we do. The thing is, we may feel the way that we feel, but it is up to us to learn to acknowledge our feelings and choose the best way to react to them. It is not easy. I know that from experience. But if we want to be a better person, we need to be more aware of what we feel and how we choose to deal with it. No right or wrong answers there. Just that we take the time to acknowledge how we feel and choose how to react instead of impulsively doing or saying things that we may regret in the long run.

How have you been feeling? I would love to know how you’ve been doing during this pandemic. Leave me a comment and share your story.

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