The Quarantine of 2020

So as we all know 2020 has been quite a shitshow so far. We’re almost 8 months into the year and I’m not sure of a single normal thing that has happened. The coronavirus outbreak really put a slight damper on things (sarcasm on the slight). Around mid-March everything went on lock down and nothing has been the same since.

It started out with everyone buying toilet paper. Why toilet paper? I don’t fucking know and I still don’t understand that. And then a 2 week shut down for schools. Those 2 weeks lead into another 2 weeks. And next thing ya know, everything in PA in closed down aside from the “essentials”. Kids were expected to learn school work from home. Parents were expected to work from home while being the teacher for their kiddos. And that was if you were lucky. Some people completely lost their jobs.

I consider myself lucky. I am an essential employee. I have worked throughout this whole pandemic. Sure I have my fair share of complaints about it all but I was still blessed to wake up and have a job to go too. However, I feel like the talk of being an essential employee during the pandemic can be saved for a whole different blog.

Things have slowly started to go back to normal. Here in PA we went through reopening phases of red- everything is still shutdown, yellow- a few more stores and businesses opened up, and then green- mostly everything is up and running. However we still keep our social distancing mandatory. So I guess this is our new “normal”. Going out to eat with face masks on, restaurants running with every other table closed off, hand sanitizer everywhere. You cough or sneeze in public and you’re definitely getting looked at with some evil eyes.

Maybe normal isn’t a good word to describe this. Maybe there isn’t a word to use for this “situation” America and the rest of the world is in. But I’ll tell you one thing, we cannot go back to our old normal. Normal wasn’t so good. The planet has gotten better since the shutdown. Our wildlife is thriving right now. Animals are now roaming in our national parks again. There’s no human threat, there’s nothing taking over their land. Less people working means less people driving which means less pollution. Less pollution is always a good thing. Juno Beach in Florida has seen more leatherback turtles nests than they have in years. I’m sure other beaches around the world have seen a similar increase. The Himalaya Mountains are visible for the first time in 30 freaking years!!! The canals in Venice are so clear since they were not used as much in the shut down, creating less pollution and garbage in the water. Animals are beginning to come back to the canals.

Honestly I can go on and on about this virus and the quarantine. But as things begin to open back up, we need to remember to be better. Be better for ourselves and our Earth. Take better precautions, be more mindful. So as many terrible things have happened since the quarantine began, many great things have also happened. And for that I am thankful.

Be better, do better and we can quickly see results of our positive actions. We only have one life and one Earth, let’s take care of it.

All Work, No Play

So fun fact: I work in a psychiatric hospital. Well we actually call it a psychiatric “center” because the word hospital is “degrading” or something like that.

Anyway, it’s an inpatient facility meaning our patients stay there until they are more mentally stable appointments and aftercare is set up. We have patients that are there for anything from depression and anxiety to homicidal and suicidal thoughts/actions. Also people experiencing delusions, like hearing voices or visual hallucinations.

Needless to say, my job gets interesting.

So sometimes when our patients get physically aggressive or tries to harm themselves, we have to restrain them. In the 4 and a half years I’ve worked here I couldn’t count the number of restraints I’ve been in. This job is can be so physically and mentally exhausting.

It can be so hard to separate work and personal life and this job eats you alive if you can’t figure out how to do that. I spend all day helping and taking care of people and trying to help them and their mental health that sometimes I tend to put my own mental health on the back burner.

Now we all know mental health awareness is making a rise it today’s society. It’s not such a taboo subject anymore. However, I think we’re all guilty of not taking care of our personal mental health as we should. And I can’t stress enough how important it is! We’re always busy taking care of kids or others that we never seem to have time for ourselves BUT we have to make that time. Even just 15 minutes a day to just yourself, it can make a huge difference.

We think we constantly be the strong one or the one everyone counts on, but you can’t be afraid to ask for help or even a break. We can’t be expected to take care of everyone and yourself. There’s always help out there. So if you’re someone struggling with any sort of mental illness (anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, so on) please reach out and get help. More people struggle with these things than what you’d think so never be embarrassed by needing a little help.

So if I haven’t bored you enough or if you take anything out of this, please make it be that help is out there. You’re not alone. Please reach out and get the help you need.

Stories with Tori

Hey y’all! My name is Tori and I’m clearly new to this whole blogging thing so please bear with me through this (any help would be much appreciated).

I was born and raised in a small Central PA town but have high hopes of leaving and moving to Florida 😍 if you’ve never been to Florida, I suggest booking a flight and checking it out.

In my blogs I plan on covering many different topics. Anything from traveling to the current pandemic, work, family and kids. Oh and of course mental illness and the importance of self care. And probably anything else that comes to mind as sometimes I tend to ramble.

Hopefully my blogs get better with time and I hope you all enjoy reading the shit show I like to call “my life”.

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