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5 WAYS TO DEAL WITH COVID FEELINGS

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HOW DOES COVID MAKE ME FEEL?

I’m not really an introvert, but I have a lot of anxiety and depression, so quarantining has been a mix of emotions. I’m sure most of these emotions apply to most people, but I’m the one writing this, so ya know.

Not gonna lie… I feel peaceful because I get to stay home and do nothing, which is fantastic for someone with depression. 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.

I can also feel like shit since I’m not exercising because I can only feel motivated with someone instructing me. Yes, I know about online classes, but why would I do that when I can order pizza and watch TV?

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

How people feel now is how I feel most of the time. But during this, I have felt normal because everyone else is where I usually am. Does that make sense?

But don’t cry for me. By staying home, I’m saving lives! I get to avoid people! I am living the anxiety dream! Avoid avoid avoid!

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. The feelings go on and on and up and down.

Most of the time, I feel numb. The days can feel typical emotionally because I run on anxiety and depression. That is my engine. SO if 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!

FEEL THE FEELS

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.

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

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.

BOOKS TO ESCAPE

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!

MUSIC TAKE ME AWAY

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.

MOVE THE BOOTY

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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20 thoughts on “5 WAYS TO DEAL WITH COVID FEELINGS”

  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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