5 ThingsTuesday: Feelings / Emotions you felt most often during the Pandemic

The Covid 19 Pandemic is far from over. It has been around for 14 to 18 months (depending on when it hit your region). This is long enough for you to recognise the feelings/emotions you have experienced most often.

Desolation

When the first lockdown was imposed in my city in March 2020, it came at the end of a very busy time. Winter is the social season in my city , Lahore. It is marked by weddings , exhibitions, receptions — events galore! Usually quiet, bookish homebodies, for certain reasons my husband and I were thrown into it full scale.

The empty streets and closed businesses and schools of the lockdown came as a bad shock. It left me desolate, or if you want me to be less dramatic, very sad. These feelings have kept recurring off and on , all through. One reason for this could be that I lost my father to a stroke in June 2020. But for the pandemic, I might have borne this loss better.

Gratitude

Let’s not get too gloomy. I have also seen happy times in the pandemic. Fortunately, my immediate family have all been in the same city throughout. Whenever I see people with family members stranded in different parts of the world, I feel very grateful for my loved ones around me. I particularly try to remember this whenever they get on my nerves. Sometimes there can be too much family time in the pandemic.

Covid 19 has struck a great blow to the global economy. Except for not buying certain non essentials that I feel have become too expensive , I have not suffered any great financial strain. This is another reason why I often feel grateful for my lot in life. This is very good for countering the above mentioned desolation.

Uncertainty and Stress

The major cause of pandemic related anxiety and stress is the uncertainty. In 2020 we waited optimistically for vaccines against Covid 19. We thought they would rid the world of this scourge. In 2021, a great number of people have been vaccinated but new and resistant strains of virus have emerged.

The second, third and fourth waves of Covid with as many lockdowns have left us in a world where nothing is certain. Schools are reopened but closed again when rates of infection surge. You can’t plan a holiday or an event.

Self – knowledge

I don’t know about you , but this year has given me a lot of time to think about who I am and what I want out of life. The answers to these questions still elude me though. I have always been skeptical about the concept of “finding yourself ” but I think the pandemic might have brought me a little closer to that.

Contentment/Perspective

The frenetic pace of modern life slowed down during the past year or so. This has shifted my perspective somewhat. Things that I used to rush about for don’t seem so important anymore.

There were many activities/things that I have done without during this period and not felt their absence. Other things, like get togethers with close friends, I have really missed. This has helped me decide what is really important to me.

All these feelings that I have mentioned keep recurring. The end of the pandemic although approaching is arriving too slowly for my liking.

What 5 things have you felt most often during the pandemic? Do share them with the rest of us.

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25 thoughts on “5 ThingsTuesday: Feelings / Emotions you felt most often during the Pandemic

  1. Frustration….most of my family live in other states so it was so frustrating that we could not get together for the holidays…..Fear….one of my children has breathing problems already so I feared if she got the virus…she actually did get it even after having the vaccines…she is better but they are following her for possible lung damage….Thankfulness that so far all my family have either not got the virus or have survived it….

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  2. I had to give this a lot of deep thought ……… my emotions during the height of the pandemic as in the first three months of lockdown were different to the next six months and different again then during 2021 from January to now.

    First it was startling panic ……… then it was anger , then it was calm and calculated and now it is at is – stay safe, steer clear and get on with the way of life as it is today. I no longer catastrophize this situation as l was douing and experiencing between March – July 2020.

    But then it is also very reflective upon what was going on in people’s lives duuring the pandemic that really outweighed the pandemic. Real life became more of an issue over that of a virus.

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      1. For you, do you mean?

        With every new variant that arrives, l have become more used to it. It is what it is, we only do what we can do, but what we must do, is learn to live with it and get on with our lives. Otherwise we will not.

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  3. Sweden never had mandates – no lockdowns, no school closures, no masks – and their Covid hospitalizations dropped like a stone within 4 months. For them, the pandemic was over in July 2020. The mandates in other countries were simply a delaying tactic to train us to ask “How high?” when the government said “Jump”.

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      1. SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19 (COVID-19 is a set of symptoms, not the name of the virus) is not much different than a seasonal fluy other than it was manufacturered. The seasonal flu changes each each year due to natural mutations. It is natural for all viruses to mutate, that is why the current “vaccines” are not going to protect a person at all against any of he varients to the original SARS-CoV-2 strain – they were develope for one the one strain, not mutations. Sweden just let hte SARS-CooV-2 virus run its course like has been with virtually all viral strains in the past. Once they saw that the virus was more serious for the elderly and the immuno-compromised and the obese, they started focused protection. That’s when their numbers plummeted. Those who are under 50 years old, healthy and not obese, have a statistically 0% chance of dying from the virus, even if no medical intervention is sought. The term “Pandemic” is suppose to used only for diseases that affect all countries nad all age groups. Althought eh first was basically fulfilled, hte second requirement was not. B

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      2. Didn’t mean to send the previous comment before proofreading it. Are you able to correct my spelling mistakes for me? Or delete it and I will rewrite it? I wanted to add that 50-70 years old who are healthy and not obese have over a 90% chance of survival, and those over 70 who are healthy and not obese have a 95% of survival. For those under 70 years old, the “vaccines”, even if one knows they are only for the original strain of the virus, are FAR RISKIER because of known and unknown side-effects than contracting hte virus. Immunity obtained through having the virus is true immunity, is durable and long lasting. The Vaccines DO NOT provide immunity. They do, in some cases, reduce the symptoms, so for those who are elderly, they may be worth it; but, again, they do nothing against the Delta strain or any others that will naturally. BTW, “vaccinated” persons, not “unvaccinated” precipitate the mutations. One 25% of the population was “vaccinated”, a mutation was guaranteed.

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  4. Correction 50-70 year olds have over a 99% survival rate, NOT 90%. My replies just post themselves without warning. Sorry about the multiple replies. And finally, Sweden didn’t lie about the numbers like the CDC, the mainstream media and the current regime in the White House did and does. Sweden had no healthy children die. Period. And the U.S. has had only a handful, not thousands, not hundreds. Anyone under 70 years old who gets vaccinated has done so because of a belief in a government who doesn’t care if you live or die. Ignorance is curable. Notice how many CEOs of drug manufacturers became billionaires for the first time this year! Follow the money.

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