With a focus on mental health, the PRA team wanted to share their personal experience with COVID-19 – the ups, downs and in-betweens.
Netflix and Chill… Alone for Two Months
Senior Account Manager, Morgan Consaul
Like many others, COVID-19 has had its ups and downs for me.
In March, I took a break from work to focus on myself i.e. binge watch the latest tv shows like Dead to Me and see how many carbs I could eat in one day (fyi it’s a lot).
Then in April when I found myself deep creeping my ex boyfriend’s cousin’s sister’s friend – I thought enough is enough. I’m an independent woman – I can learn a new skill or bake cupcakes – So I started taking part in courses online – skills that would help me professionally like SEO optimization and graphic design. I also started cooking meals with more than 2 ingredients. I’m not a good cook but it was fun to do and made me feel accomplished.
By May, I was back to work and recently broke up with my boyfriend (good luck replacing this). Going through a break up is hard and it’s especially hard during COVID-19. I am so lucky to have a few solid friends that I can count on when I’ve watched Love Actually a few too many times. I’m also really glad that I work at a busy pr agency as it helped to keep me focused on work rather than on the fact I hadn’t seen anyone, besides neighbours, in 1.5 months.
Writing this allowed me to reflect on what COVID-19 was really like for me and that in itself provided reflection and relief. This pandemic definitely had its dark moments but I’m grateful for my family, friends, coworkers, dogs, community and love of carbs that kept me going through it all.
For anyone this might help, here are a few things that helped me during COVID-19:
- Don’t wear comfy pants every day. Why? Well jeans will seem horrible once you wear sweat pants every day. I also found that wearing clothing that wasn’t just “home clothes” made me more productive and I didn’t have to worry if I got up from my desk during a Zoom call.
- Don’t compare yourself to people on your IG who have developed a six pack, painted their kitchen and started a blog during COVID-19 – we all move at our own pace.
- Support local – It made me feel good to support local businesses and essential services from giving a little extra when ordering food or clothing to doing the 7pm cheer. Do what you can – it makes a difference.
- Finally, a great recipe for banana bread.