I’m stretching it a little bit today on topics for a healthy living blog. … or mommy blog? Online diary? Shoot, ok, I guess I’m all over the place anyway, so let’s just go with it!
Mental health is a HUGE, often overlooked, component of overall well-being and one thing that can weigh on me and my mental stability greatly is worry. I’ve actually gotten much better over the years with my irrational worry (having a very logical husband will help with that), but sometimes it still creeps in.
I’ve heard of people that don’t like facebook because they get jealous or feel bad about their own lives when they see people on exotic vacations or spending happy weekends with their smiling families. Not me. I love those pictures! Go live it up, friends! I have trouble with facebook because my heart breaks a thousand times with all the gut-wrenching, sad stories people share. Whether it’s friends suffering or horrific news stories, they just create pits in my stomach.
So thanks to news stories and conversations with friends through facebook, you what’s been on my worry list lately?
OK, just typing that made me feel pretty silly.
I could also list ISIS and our country’s financial future among others, but for the time being, let’s start with what got into my head yesterday.
I’m frustrated that it doesn’t seem to be taken very seriously. This is a horrific, DEADLY virus, right? And we let people who had exposure to it just hop on planes?
Yes, yes, I know the facts. You aren’t contagious until you are showing symptoms and it takes direct contact with bodily fluids and blah blah blah, but can we all please just be a little more careful? This is Ebola, not a bad case of the sniffles we are talking about here.
Deep down I know it’s not a situation that constitutes my concern… yet. But I have a bit of survivalist in me and I may or may not have bought extra bags of flour and lentils on amazon yesterday to pad our pantry, just in case. Because that’s logical. (???) There, now you’ve seen a little of my crazy.
As I’m typing this in the morning with a clear head, it feels a little silly to admit to. I know there are millions of other more likely things to worry about (I don’t let my mind go down those paths), but still this Ebola situation somehow stays in the back of my mind.
So for now I’ll keep living my normal day to day, but I will keep one ear to the news. Call me crazy if you must.
Are you a worrier?
Do you control your worries or do they control you?
And finally, go wash with soap and water! Hand sanitizer doesn’t work on Ebola. Ok, ok, I’m done.