There is an unstable energy in the air. People are on edge as the tension continues to mount. A crisis is a reason for concern, but the panic that ensues can be damaging as well.
When the unknown presents itself, it is first met with unease. We don't know what to think of it all. Not understanding the 'enemy' leaves us vulnerable, as we have no idea how to defend ourselves. This can lead to anger in order to mask our feelings of powerlessness, and frustration at our lack of authority. We can also become fearful as we face an uncertain future where our survival may be at stake. The culmination of these emotions can result in panic.
The problem is that often when are not thinking rationally when panicking. The adrenaline builds, and we switch into self-preservation mode. This tunnel vision focusing only on ourselves blinds us from seeing the bigger picture. In a rage to secure our own basic needs, we do not see that this behavior is harming us. We buy up all the masks, hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. Now the health care facilities do not have enough to care for their patients. We ransack the grocery store aisles for milk, bread, and meat. Now, the families that have little or no food are unable to find it upon their regular grocery trip. We wipe out the entire stock of toilet paper.... I get it, it feels good on the skin. But is it necessary to buy so much? In a pinch, we could use paper towels, napkins, even newspaper or leaves. Not to mention the sink, shower or bathtub that is nearby; we could just wash up if necessary.
Buying all of these items gives us a sense of security. Perhaps we are subconsciously thinking that if we stockpile enough stuff, we will be safe. Instead, we may be left with food and product shortages, and fights breaking out in parking lots and inside stores.
As we live through this unprecedented time in modern history, we must try to remain as calm as possible, not only for our physical health, but for our mental health as well, as the sheer anxiety of this situation can be disabling for some. Practice good hygiene and nutrition, exercise, meditate, and spend time on something you enjoy, such as your favorite hobby. Check in on those around you. Let us hope for the best, and take care.
~ Shelby Fizer