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One week later

I cannot believe how much things have changed the past week or so. Australia has doubled down on its coronavirus measures now that the number of confirmed cases has exponentially increased.

I am grateful every day that S & I have jobs, food in the pantry and toilet paper, but sometimes I can’t help but worry, what if things in Australia take a turn for the worse. The unfolding situation has already affected people I know… I’ve had friends lose regular gigs, be placed on unpaid leave by their employers or lose their jobs entirely only to find it impossible to find new roles since most companies are on a hiring freeze.

I am now working from home. I’m fine with it, to be honest, and I’m glad my employer has been proactive. In addition to not being exposed on public transport, I’ll end up saving ~$45 a week on transportation costs and two hours of worth of travel time.

Crazy times, but I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I hope it all blows over as soon as it can possibly blow over.

One thing I need to be mindful of is my mental well-being. With everything that’s been going on lately — the uptick in cases in Australia, the new measures put in place, the stories from places like Italy — I’ve been glued to watching and reading news. While it’s good to be informed, I feel like the constant stream of updates has made me feel more panicked than I should be.

Be alert, be prepared, and not scared or panicked, should be my mantra. I need to make a conscious effort not to get caught up in what’s happening. I’m lucky that I am still employed and can stay at home — I need to make sure that I’m as calm and productive as I can possibly be. I’ve got books, I’ve got projects, I’ve got my piano. I can do this.

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