I don’t want to sound insensitive here… But I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media about perspective and that your feelings of being at home during all this are not warranted because you aren’t on the front lines… That is actually a very unhealthy way to handle this and I’ve just got to speak up in case someone is at their breaking point.
We obviously all respect and are honoring those people. The people who are out in the community among others and working. However, from a mental health perspective, you cannot degrade someone’s emotions simply because of a comparison to someone else’s situation.
Example – Suzy is feeling anxious about what is going on in the world. She has older parents and is worried for them during this time. Suzy is working from home a few hours a day and her 3 kids are home, too.
Suzy’s anxiety and worry in her situation do not get deleted because other lines of work are still out in the public. Her emotions are REAL to her and she is allowed to process them from a place that doesn’t involve being shamed.
We can increase our thanksgiving and our thankfulness for those that are serving the public right now (if we are not) but you do not need to decrease your emotion to compensate for emotions that others feel. There is always be someone who has it worse off than you do. ALWAYS. But that doesn’t stop you from having emotions and the need to process and work through them.
It is okay to feel emotions right now. Let yourself process them. It is the HEALTHY thing to do.