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Mental health and CoVid-19



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,284 ✭✭✭Irish Stones

    Yes, of course we can still travel, but not like we were used to.

    By travelling I mean moving from place to place like we were doing it before this nightmare, without showing any certificate of vaccination or negative tests, or both. Without wearing a mask or taking hundreds of precautions.

    Maybe, and I say maybe, we will be able to forget all of the above one day, maybe in five years or ten years or more, but we won't be able to forget the time and the chances of travelling the we lost in these five or ten years. This pain will never abandon me.

    But maybe, when all this is over, I'll be so old that travelling will be my last thought.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20 Dublenguy

    I’m on day 6 of isolation, had a positive PCR test. Had mild symptoms, I’d call it a Mickey Mouse cold.

    Im staying in the bedroom, going stir crazy now as 100% well. Are people sticking to the rules exactly . I’d love a walk, would triple mask. Family not on for this, any advice?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,706 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    I guess by your username you are living in Dublin? We have the luxury here in the country of having fields to go off rambling through and not see a soul.

    Do you have a garden for even just sitting out in the fresh air? The weather is so mild, the air would do you good. Take the newspaper outside and you'll be surprised how the sunlight will perk up your mood a bit.

    To thine own self be true

  • Registered Users Posts: 77 ✭✭Ll31

    Go for a walk masked, early r late. Should be out of isolation tomorrow under new rules anyway, I think...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Found 2020 not great, but 2021 was a year worse than the one when I endured massive life-changing surgery plus a broken foot one after the other. That year I had absolutely tons of personal support whereas 2021 is a year I want to forget very fast for a number of reasons, the pandemic having had a certain determination in events. However I am very fortunate compared to others in that I did not get Covid, nor did anybody close to me get it.

    De thick plottens

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,620 ✭✭✭DoctorEdgeWild

    Just saw this thread pop up on the front page and saw mention of travel.

    I've been travelling a lot the past year, think I managed to get over ten countries in, so it's absolutely possible, and I found it a great break from an incredibly busy year in work. There's definitely more planning involved but once you get through that, there's loads of cheap flights, cheap hotels, cheap fun to be had.

    Hope that encourages anyone suffering during this time, my travels were certainly the brightest spots of my 2021.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,720 ✭✭✭ Ivy High Six-pack

    I hope you start to feel better and get through the symptoms as best you can.

    The reason why so many are experiencing it as a cold is because that's how it has been for them. There are plenty of people like yourself though.

    Every person has a dark side.What defines a person with good character is not a spotless life of constant kindness, smiles and even temperament - but a willingness to see in themselves their deepest and wildest selves, lust, greed, jealousy and envy. Their complete & authentic self.

  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭The DayDream

    Thank you. Yes it is remarkable how it effects people differently. From what I can gather from my own experience and those I know, it seems your reaction to the jab sort of predicts how you experience the ilness.

    I had a very bad reaction to the jab, was very sick for 2 days. And same with covid, very sick the first 2 days. My colleague who had no side effects at all from the jab, has covid and is asymptomatic. And some other people I know seem to follow that pattern.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,720 ✭✭✭ Ivy High Six-pack

    I'm really fascinated by all of this. My first two vaccinations were AZ and I felt terrible after the first dose and less terrible after the second. My booster was Pfizer and I felt a bit... strange..not myself.

    My experience of having Covid was similar to having a sinus infection. I tend to suffer with my sinuses so thought that the virus just aggravated them. I'm now negative but my sinuses aren't right.

    Someone close to me had no side effects from their vaccines (Pfizer), has yet to get the Booster, is currently working on reducing their cholesterol, and was asymptomatic with Covid.

    I think it is as simple as the strength of your immune system. Mine is very susceptible to stress and I've been sick with flu and infections numerous times. It would be more surprising if I was asymptomatic.

    Every person has a dark side.What defines a person with good character is not a spotless life of constant kindness, smiles and even temperament - but a willingness to see in themselves their deepest and wildest selves, lust, greed, jealousy and envy. Their complete & authentic self.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    How is everyone handling the latest news with regard to most restrictions being removed? Of course I'm happy but cautious. More concerned about back to work in person. At the moment, it seems like the townsfolk are only concerned about the pubs and when they can drink themselves into a stupor.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27 3mom4

    I am finding it very difficult to cope with the restrictions going away. After two yrs of being informed by media that my chances of surviving this are not good, now it's go out and get it. We are all going to get it. Hard to make that mental leap :(

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,888 ✭✭✭Tork

    Covid is never going to go away, so yes it's going to be hard for people to avoid catching it at some point. All we can hope for is that Omicron and its subsequent variants are less nasty than what came before it. Nothing the government chooses to do will suit everybody and they've had to make a call on this. I can see may other governments following a similar path soon. I'm sorry you feel so vulnerable and I assume you'll be continuing to take precautions to avoid too much exposure to Covid. That's all you can do.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I get what you are saying. The calling of this is very all of a sudden. All you can do is protect yourself as best you can.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Omicron has quite a different nature to it. It could make you feel like cr@p, or you could have few or almost no symptoms, but you can be reasonably confident it will be a nasty inconvenience rather than deadly. Just over an unpleasant bout of bacterial lobar pneumonia myself, not related to Covid, but felt woeful, coughing rusty blood etc. I’ve had occasional influenzas over the decades, they can absolutely floor you, but since getting regular influenza vaccines I haven’t had that particular type of horrible illness since. I have every confidence we will be ok, but naturally it’s going to take time to really feel it and believe it.

    De thick plottens

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,134 ✭✭✭323

    “Follow the trend lines, not the headlines,”

  • I think posting those two things beside each other says nothing at all - at best - but could be quite misleading at worst. Posting the images without anything else also leaves it unclear what your intention / message / point even is.

    It sure looks like you are trying to suggest there is some contradiction or hypocrisy in play. But who knows you might be trying to say "Use gaming to improve your mental health during the pandemic - but do so responsibly and be aware that it can be addictive too".

    The former would be a very bad and ill informed message the latter quite a good one. But it is entirely unclear from your post which you intended - so it is as equally easy to mistakenly "strawman" you as it is to mistakenly "steelman" you here.

    Think about posting two similar things about - say - food. On one side speaking about eating this that or the other to stay healthy and happy. And on the other side speaking about how obesity and over eating and so forth is detrimental.

    In other words - the two are not mutually exclusive and one says very little about the other.

    Eating well and often is a good thing. Gaming well and often can also be a good thing. It can be socially stimulating. Mentally stimulating. And more. Alcohol can be relaxing and helpful and even healthy too if used responsibly and in moderation.

    But like eating too much food or drinking too much alcohol - addiction or over use of anything, including gaming, can indeed be detrimental. Or put another way: Addiction is the issue, not gaming per se. Addiction to anything. And if the WHO have recognized gaming addiction in their list of addictions that's a good thing.

    But that recognition says nothing at all about gaming itself - so we should be wary of being simplistic about any messaging there or how we interpret that messaging. There are many things we can use to get through things like pandemics and lockdowns. Including computer gaming. But pandemics and lockdowns could also be an environment fostering over use or over reliance on those things too. And it is good to be aware of that for sure.

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,739 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    Hope everyone is well

    The financial effects from all this is really starting to kick in. Work hours been cut because of the supports ended, cost of living going right up, hotel and hospitality going up among many others

    Sometimes you don't knw anymore. Future looks so unpromising atm. There's always people worse off but sometimes you have to be selfish and think about yourself. Have a lot of to look forward too over the next few weeks like gigs (even though that section here can be so negative) and hopefully a sign of things improving

  • Registered Users Posts: 965 ✭✭✭SnuggyBear

    Just checking in too.

    I think covid has changed me forever. I'm still bitter and pessimistic. I'm closed off and have ruined some good relationships. I'm an introvert naturally but now I'm just nasty to people. Whereas before I was quiet but generally well liked and got along with most people. People at work who were always affectionate with me barely say hello to me anymore. I don't mind admitting I was in tears when I came home from work yesterday after I had a big argument with someone I get on really well with.

    Self sabotage.

    I'm not sure how I can fix this. Should I speak to a Councillor? I don't really have anyone to talk to. It's the typical man suffering in silence thing.

    The world just keeps getting shittier and shittier with no light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,783 ✭✭✭GoneHome

    Replying to this post, no need for your work hours to be cut, if anything places are crying out for workers, re-check this, what sector of work are you in PTH2009?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,632 ✭✭✭Glaceon

    I was saying to my wife last night that it feels like I’ve forgotten what I used to do with myself pre-pandemic. I’m still not really venturing outside much. She agreed and said she’s the same too. It feels like I need to find myself again.