Pandemic anger – Are you coping?

Pandemic Anger. Are you Coping?

By David Ahern

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many people. There’s been frustration and uncertainty caused by social distancing, lockdowns and the compulsory wearing of masks in some parts of Australia.

People are stressed because they have not been able to go about their normal day-to-day business and have been barred from seeing their friends and family on a regular basis. Things we used to take for granted, like dinner parties, dining out at restaurants, and going to cafes, have also been seriously impacted.

Some people have accepted the circumstances in which they find themselves while others have become angry and looked for someone to blame. These are normal human emotions and understandable considering the sort of year it’s been.

These emotions can play out in different ways; some are more destructive than others. We’ve seen in the media the anger displayed by a few people who refuse to accept the rules and guidelines set down by governments and health authorities. Their recalcitrant behaviour and refusal to abide by the rules has resulted in big fines and, in some cases, arrests.

Their bad behaviour has played out in supermarkets, in city streets and at airports. We’ve seen some people load their trolleys with numerous toilet paper rolls, angering other customers who see their actions as selfish and uncaring. We’ve seen motorists refuse to cooperate with police and not provide their personal details because they believe their rights and liberties are being threatened. We’ve seen people try to travel interstate illegally because they want to go on holiday, irrespective of the risk they pose to their fellow citizens.

It’s not an easy time for anymore, especially for those who’ve lost their jobs or lost loved ones to this insidious virus. But as our leaders are constantly reminding us: We are in this together.

How are you coping? Why not contact us and let us know if you feel anger about what’s happening during this pandemic or are you relaxed and optimistic that the situation will eventually turnaround.

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  • Judith Jones
    Posted at 18:32h, 05 August Reply

    I am fine Thankyou I’m 75 years of age and I live in Tasmania but I came to Kalgoorlie in March before this Virus was declared an Pandemic for a few weeks with my daughter and family because my husband Martin died on 5Feb this year .Im safe here happy and well I can’t go home yet because borders are closed My family in Tas are missing me but we keep in touch daily I pray for all .

  • Gill Hines
    Posted at 18:39h, 05 August Reply

    I live in Queensland and my family and I have a lot to be thankful for under the current circumstances
    I would like to reassure all those affected in various areas especially Victoria that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time
    Kindest regards

  • Tony Monaghan
    Posted at 07:58h, 06 August Reply

    I defy anyone to give an unbiased opinion of their mental health. I have been a widower for six years, so I have been semi isolating for that time and during that time, my faith has increased, mainly through saying the Rosary (nearly Daily) and an increased attendance at week-day Mass. God has been good to me , giving good health and longevity.

  • Maureen Maguire
    Posted at 07:57h, 08 August Reply

    My husband and I are safe and well, we live near the Qld/ Nsw border. Our children and their families all live in Nsw, so we are unable to get together with them.
    Our prayers are with all the people in Vic. Our daily Rosary is offered for their needs and well being.
    It is devastating to me that they can be in this situation, and fervent prayer is the only way of coping.
    I am very grateful to Jesus for the Faith I have been blessed with. God bless you all.

  • Helen Wood
    Posted at 16:35h, 08 August Reply

    I am managing well. Without six hours per day of carers still being able to come to spend time with my husband who has Alzheimer’s disease I think I would be struggling. I thank God for them, my children and friends who have been very supportive. I am also grateful that I did not achieve my goal of having him in a retirement facility for respite during this time..level 4 lockdown is challenging but we will see it through..it’s amazing how we can adapt to and accept change which is for the protection of the entire community I find regular Sunday Mass on YouTube very fulfilling.

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