Mental Monday: Communication

You may or may not remember in my update that I mention something about communication. To be frank I don’t remember myself and I’m too lazy right now to check. However, I feel this topic is more important now more than ever. With everything going on in the world, people still need to communicate with each other. But it would seem some of us have been having problems in that area.

A lot of people that are dealing with mental issues are currently at home trying to find something to do. Whether that’s watching T.V., reading a book, or playing video games. Before all this happened; some of us had other outlets like the park, or a hiking route, the gym, the movies, and many other things. Now we can’t do that right now, except for a few substitutes in the house. Like Netflix, Hulu, or walking around your neighborhood with a mask on.

However, some of us have been stuck in the house and probably haven’t heard from a soul. Just sitting at home all day, the phone barely ringing or not at all. The house is sometimes too quiet and nothing to watch on Netflix, Hulu, or whatever streaming service you favor. It would be nice to hear from someone because right now many people aren’t busy.

Unless you have friends that are recognized as an essential employee then you must forgive them. For everyone else, maybe it’s time that we start to evaluate our friends and try to piece together what they mean to us. Not being able to communicate with anyone, especially right now, is daunting on the mind. We start to lose our faith in people once again and that broken faith won’t be restored no time soon.

So, what can we do to fix this? Well, you can take the high road and contact the people that you expect to reach out to you, especially the ones that know about your condition. Talk to them on the phone or text, it doesn’t matter, just reach out and see how they react. For all we know, they’re probably taking the lockdown harder than everyone else. Maybe you can help them, teach them the things you do when you had nowhere to go. I mean let’s face it, a lot of us have spent years in isolation and know how hard it was in the beginning. And they can use some advice from people like us. Trust me, people, we’ve been training for this exact moment.

But if the person is sounding distant and it seems like they don’t want to be bothered with you. Chances are they were full of it from the beginning. Now, understand something here it’s hard to tell because as mentioned earlier we just don’t know. The best way to do this is to pay attention to their words, their social media (Your best friend), and their tones. I know it’s not easy, but with patience, that person will show their true colors.

If they do, then as mentioned earlier you need to evaluate your friendship with them. Times are tough right now and people can’t handle it. With suicide rates going up, communication is key. Talking to people is the best way to stay in contact with the outside world. Either you need it or someone else.

Well, I hope I helped you this week during the lockdowns around the country and I hope things go back to normal soon. All I ask is that everyone just stay home, wash, and sanitize your hands, and leave the house when you need to. I’ll see you guys next week.

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