I’m tired of being afraid. I’m tired of the worry. I’m tired of feeling like I have to be everything to everyone – a teacher, a nurse, a counsellor, a surrogate parent. I’m just so tired. When schools first closed in March, I was relieved. I thought, ‘Finally, we can slow down and take a breath. Maybe this will be good for us all in the long run.’ But now, eight months later, I feel like I can’t catch my breath. The constant changes and uncertainty are taking their toll.
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According to the CDC, 40% of adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse in July. I can only imagine how that number has increased since then. I know I’m not alone in feeling like I’m at my breaking point.
So what can we do? How can we make it through this?
First, we need to take care of ourselves. We need to be honest about how we’re feeling and permit ourselves to feel whatever we think. We must reach out for help when needed –talking to a therapist, taking a break from social media, or just spending time with loved ones.
Second, we need to stick together. We need to support each other, both emotionally and practically. We need to remember that we’re all in this together and that we’re all just doing our best.
Finally, we need to have hope. I hope that this will end. I hope that things will get better. I hope that we can make it through this – together.
So if you’re feeling like me – tired, anxious, overwhelmed – know that you’re not alone and that we will get through this together. If you need someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
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