It's March 2020, you're set for one of the best Summers yet and suddenly a global pandemic snatches plans straight from your grasp. Gigs, festivals, performances and any kind of social gathering is cancelled and you find yourself locked away out of sight and out of mind. Obviously, we must do everything we can to avoid spread of this disease and the precautions we are taking are so critical, but as human beings it is unnatural for us to be segregated and socially apart, and without a job or profession our lives seem somewhat without purpose.
Social contact is one of the biggest stress relievers known to us and we are restricted from this, having to rely on our self love to defeat our self loathing, which in times like theses seem virtually impossible.
No matter where you work, what you do and how senior you are in a company you suddenly realise that you are completely out of control of a situation and this is something you just need to ride out.
I've heard from so many people over the last few days, who seem overcome with sadness and anxiety, stressed over the overwhelming fear of the unknown. I'm surrounded by so many strong, powerful people who are suddenly scared and afraid, with the potential prospect of losing everything they've spent their lives building.
Suddenly our typical emotions are flipped, we lose the act of empathy, creating a barrier against what we feel we unable to relate to. Some of us make light of the situation whilst others find themselves in a dark place. But deep down we all know we are all in the same situation and no matter who you are or what you do this is now completely out of our hands.
But as humans we adapt, it is what we are designed to do and it is something that has already begun. We're working remotely, streaming live videos, using different resources, learning new things and coming together to help the vulnerable.
Keep your endorphins flowing - there are certain things that can chemically alter the way you are feeling and in times like these we need to continue with these activities no matter how isolated we become.
Listening to, playing or creating music can divert your mood completely. Expand what you listen to and venture into the unknown. Find local bands online, listen to their music and support their journey. There's nothing better then following an artist right from their early roots, and DIY artists need your help more than ever during this crisis. For people who want to learn something new, look out for online lessons, the feeling of achievement you get from this will boost your mood instantly. And finally sing your heart out! It is one of the biggest release of endorphins so crank it up and belt it out!
Yes we may be without gyms or leisure centres but this doesn't mean you need to stop exercise all together. For me, I need a run every morning to clear my head and start the day fresh. This is because exercise can again release endorphins and completely lighten your mood. Personal trainers are doing online PT sessions and fitness apps are waving fees in the effort to keep people active throughout this period, so take advantage of this!
Don't forget your friends and family are still there on the other end of the phone. Call them, message them and make sure they know you are thinking of them. Conversation and laughter is key in keeping us in high spirits so do what you can to stay in touch with your loved ones.
DON'T BE DEFEATED, WORK WITH PEOPLE NOT AGAINST THEM,
STAY SAFE AND BE KIND.