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Covid Feelings #anxiety #depression #introvert #covidtips


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I have anxiety and depression, so quarantining has been a rollercoaster of emotions. 

Sometimes I feel calm because I get to stay home and do nothing, which is a gift for someone with depression and anxiety. When I’m depressed just getting up and out the door can feel like a major task. But during COVID, I wake up, and I’m free! I can stay home and not shower. I can order pizza at 10 am. I can let my eyebrows go feral. And they have.

On the other hand, I feel like shit since I’m not exercising because I’m way more motivated in a group setting with someone instructing me. See I like to be around people 😛  Yes, I know about online classes, but it’s hard to motivate when I can binge watch 90 Day Fiance.

Sheltering at home has been a great place to hide. In a weird way, it’s comforting. Everyone has to do it. We are all in the same boat. At least in LA. Right now everyone is anxious and depressed, so I feel like welcome to my world. 

I try to think of it this way, by staying home, I’m saving lives. I get to avoid people. I am living the anxiety dream!

Every few days, my anxiety goes nuts because I realize this lockdown will end. WTF am I going to do after this? Will I ever work again? Then I get depressed and want to sleep all day. So yeah, my feelings are all over the place.

So if your feelings are all over the map and you’re struggling, here are things I do to put a pep in my step. Just kidding. I have no pep.

Here’s what I’m currently doing to fight off depression and anxiety. You’ll notice it’s nothing groundbreaking, but sharing is caring and I care about people!


1) I remind myself that it’s okay to feel angry, sad, helpless, and unmotivated. I mean, it’s a damn global pandemmy, and you’ve never been through this before. Don’t beat yourself up.


2) I remind myself that no matter how bad I have it, or how frustrated I am, other people have it much worse. Oh man, the homeless people in LA. Just driving by a homeless encampment is jarring and makes you immediately grateful. So many people are struggling way worse than myself.


3) Reading a book. I’m a nonfiction gal. I just ordered my friends Arden Myrin’s new book, Little Miss Little Miss Compton- A Memoir. Arden is a hilarious comedian and actress and she has quite a story, so I’m excited!


4) Listening to music! I’ve been listening to lots of music but really loving Fiona Apple’s new album Fetch The Boltcutters. It’s really different from her other albums and it’s very creative.


5) My favorite is going outside, with a mask on, for a walk. I’ve gotten some good walks in. Since the hiking trails have opened up in LA I’ve done some hiking, but social distance can be an issue because apparently people don’t know how to measure six feet. But Headphones + Pandora = Escape.

What are you doing to stay sane? Are your feelings all over the place? Share below!

Are your Covid feelings all over the place?

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  1. julie kessel

    I love you. Your vulnerability is refreshing. I’m sending you a virtual vagina rub. So many people are going to benefit from your sharing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. YESS, I love these ideas. I will definitely move my booty more :))

    1. Julia Wolov

      haha! yes, move that booty!

  3. Celebrate Woman Today

    This situation has opened up a lot of opportunities to slow down and to reevaluate where we are in this time and place.
    Taking walks, running, jogging, reading, exploring new or postponed topics online. Cooking up a storm different recipes. I tried all of these.

  4. I get your perspective. I am an introvert too, but I work out of my home, so the few places I went were my escape. And I have more work than ever before, so no break for me! But life is still good in spite of it.

  5. joanna

    I think the beginning of the quarantine was really harsh on me. Now I just got used to it and I keep going on like normal. I am grateful that I have a garden where I can spend time outside.

  6. Thanks for sharing. It is great to face your own feelings esp in times of pandemic

  7. I’ve been have so many feelings during COVID and lockdown. I’m an introvert-extrovert so it’s nice to stay home too and not have to worry about heading to the office in a rush and enjoy things at my own pace at home

  8. I have been feeling down lately so I started to meditate daily, this really helped a lot, I highly recommend meditating.

  9. I am glad it’s loosening up here a bit in Belgium and we have the worst behind us I hope 🙂

  10. Staying at home hasn’t really bothered me that much since I’m pretty much a homebody anyway. However, I do miss going to the library or one of my favorite hiking trails.

  11. This is super helpful tips. A lot of people are suffering from mental health right now. Fear and anxiety are creeping in. Youre advise is helpful.

  12. These are challenging times. I think the whole world, as a collective, have done a great job coping.

  13. Jasmine M

    Working out, finding new music through Youtube, and watching a variety of shows on Hulu as well as Netflix has been making this situations bearable for me for sure. I’ll be so happy when things are back to normal though.

  14. COVID-19 is affecting mental health, many rumors on social media are increasing the negative impacts, there five ways are great to deal with wrong information and negative feelings due to COVID-19.

  15. These tips are really helpful in staying positive during the pandemic! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  16. remo

    Thanks for the ideas. This pandemic has been mentally draining. I hope it ends soon. I am so sick of it!

  17. Kiwi

    This pandemic can have alot of us in our feelings. We have to make sure we take time away from the news and do things to lift my spirit.

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