When you can be anything, be kind
Many of us are worn-out and frustrated right now. Fatigued about routines altered by COVID-19 in the last two years and frustrated that things aren’t quite back to normal yet.
It’s okay to be frustrated, wanting things to go back to how they were before the pandemic began.
What’s not okay is to vent these frustrations on those who you come into contact with throughout your day who are trying to keep themselves and the public safe.
COVID-19 continues to transmit throughout the province and those who are still masking and social distancing may be taking precautions for the best reasons. Your neighbour could have a health condition they haven’t disclosed; your co-worker could be protecting their children or grandchildren; and your server could be being cautious because they have a trip planned in the near future. Some businesses and organizations, including the Saskatchewan Health Authority, still require staff and the public to wear masks in their facilities.
Consider all these potential scenarios before reacting. Pause and take a breath. Give yourself some space from that feeling.
Feeling angry and stressed is likely fuelled by other circumstances like being overwhelmed, feeling disrespected, exhausted and so on. It is very important to look at the feelings behind the stress to better understand why you are having this reaction.
Expressing your feelings in a healthier way strengthens relationships and connection – something we all need right now.
We’re all trying to figure out how to live with COVID-19 and this requires patience. So when or if you feel angry or frustrated, try to remember the pandemic changed our world for everyone. We all need kindness right now, especially from each other.