Updated: Apr 20, 2020
We've all survived tough times in our lives but the reality is, none of us really know what to do in a crisis until we live through it. Most lessons can only be learned from experience so when a deathly virus threatens to wipe out the entire universe, why are we so perplexed when all we want to do is curl up on the couch with a bottle of gin?
When the 'Coronavirus pandemic' hit, checking my glands and lathering myself in hand sanitiser became an integral part of my hourly routine. I even bought a thermometer to double check I wasn't dying (every 5 minutes). As someone who suffers from health anxiety on a normal day (sans flesh-eating virus), COVID-19 is the stuff of nightmares for me.
You may have seen me post workout videos on Facebook and to be honest, exercise has been an important tool in managing my anxiety around all this craziness but I've also spent more time than I care to admit watching back to back episodes of Tiger King with a block of Cadbury's finest and the bottle of rose' I was saving for a special occasion (which is now a Wednesday).
We all deal with adversity in different ways and whether or not you have been directly affected by the Coronavirus, losing the ability to see friends and family, not being able to travel, struggling with anxiety or depression in isolation, working from home while attempting to teach your kids their Times Tables and for people like me. living with the fear of getting sick or losing someone to this awful disease are all things you're allowed to cope with in whatever way you need to.
So it's okay to cry, it's okay if your kids spend the day learning TikTok routines because you just can't 'home school' right now, it's okay to panic snack and it's okay to switch off from the world (or Facebook) for a while. There's no 'right' thing to do during a global health pandemic... except for washing your hands; you should definitely do that.
So here's to adding some tequila and salt to our lemons✌🏼