Dear Pandemic, Thank You...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Before I begin on today's post, I would like to insert a slight disclaimer:  

In no way am I making light of the pain that the pandemic has caused.  I hope that you all are safe and I'm praying for those directly impacted. 


Hey Guys!

If there is one thing the apocalypse has taught me, it is that I really needed to get my ish together! 

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has binged on an overwhelming amount of YouTube and Netflix, ordered a daily dose of Door Dash, not to mention the overwhelming stack of unopened Amazon boxes. 

Ughhh, for so long it had become my “new norm”.  But then it hit me... my behavior wasn't normal.  I was trying to fill a void.  A void that I originally thought the pandemic caused.  After all, the world as we know it, has changed.

Welp let's just say I was wrong...

The void had been present all along and the pandemic helped bring its reality to the surface.  I had no idea that my sluggish behavior, lack of motivation and "boredom" were symptoms of my own anxiety, depression and fear.  I needed help!  

Now, I've sought therapy before and it has transformed my life tremendously.  But have you ever stopped taking your cough medicine because you felt better?  Even though you're instructed to complete the prescribed amount.  Well, that was me, when it came to therapy.

I learned the hard way, that stopping therapy too soon can have an adverse effect.  Literally, everything I discussed was thrown out of the window.  Sigh.  

Thanks to the pandemic, I would've never realized how much more I needed to continue.  Only God knows what rabbit hole my anxiety about the pandemic would've led me.  If the pandemic didn't occur, I would've continued making the most of each moment. 

As a black 30 something female, pushing to thrive in every aspect of life gets hard sometimes.  I can get so consumed with things like grad school and work that I don't leave room for me.  

So, I encourage you to take a moment to do a mental health check.  No, it doesn't mean something is wrong.  The world is constantly evolving and as we enter into a new phase with the pandemic, it is important we maintain our strength to withstand anything life throws at us!


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