• Kayla Alexandria

Wellness Check - Pushing Through a Pandemic

In the words of the incomparable Erykah Badu, “Sistas, how y’all feel? Brothas, y’all alright?” But no, really. Y’all good?

Personally, 2020 has proven to be one of the most unforgettably ghetto years of my life and it is only March. In my lifetime I’ve witnessed a number of horrific, world changing events including the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina, the election of US President Donald Trump and countless others. For millions of people, these events rocked and reshaped their lives completely and we are here yet again experiencing a global pandemic.

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 , has spread across the world and has impacted us all in one form or another. Whether we know someone who contracted the disease, have been mesmerized by the news and updates about the virus or have been confined to our homes in quarantine to prevent the spread of the sickness, we are all feeling it.

It finally hit me this week. As we go into approximately the third week of this global emergency, states like mine are completely shutdown. All non-essential businesses have been closed and law enforcement is urging and forcing people to stay indoors. The children have been released from school for the remainder of the academic year and many people have been laid off from their places of employment.

My anxiety, as it relates to this time, kicked in just a couple of days ago has I approached the grocery store to get a few items for my family. It had been weeks since I went, because my hubby usually does most of the grocery shopping, so I had only heard stories about the empty shelves, the aggressive shoppers and the endless lines.

However, has I got closer to the store I began to feel extreme anxiety. Upon entering, I nearly broke down into tears. Not because anything was wrong but because of the extreme anticipation I felt. The empty shelves everywhere solidified the realness of this moment in time and the panic and fear so many people feel.

I immediately thought of my family and the fact that they need me to be stable and centered at this time. I prayed, called a girlfriend who is also a mama and proceeded to get the things I needed.

I realized that it is now imperative for me to be mindful of my state mentally. I have to be in tune and aware of my emotional needs, not be afraid to make them known and take measure to meet those needs.

I recognized that my village is also everything. It’s so important to have people in your life that can relate to you and understand the place you may be in. My friend gave me great advice and perspective and helped me power through a moment that for some may have seemed like a simple task but was a challenge for me.

I hope that each of you will be prayerful, mindful and gentle with yourselves and others as together we push through this pandemic.

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