Coronavirus

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Yup, I’m gonna be the next one to talk about coronavirus. I’m gonna keep it simple, though. And I have such mixed emotions that I’ve rewritten this several times.

I’m taking advantage of the time at home, but I know that this is a luxury.

I’m hoping to make some headway on my novel during this time of quarantine/social distancing. But as someone who also works in the service industry, I know a lot of people who really can’t afford to stay at home. I’m privileged that I’ve saved enough to help me buckle down and that I have a husband to help with finances. Not everyone has that.

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I want to urge you: if you’re lucky enough to be financially stable and have a few bucks to spare, consider buying something from a small business. Doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but I can tell you that now, more than ever, I am so grateful for the people who purchase my books and editing services.

Please, please check on people.

This doesn’t require any contact. Just a text, phone call, social media message, email, etc. While some of us are perfectly fine with some solitude (hey, hey you fellow introverts out there!), others will not handle it so well. And especially for those who struggle with depression and other kinds of mental illness, this is a shaky time.

Your communication can be funny memes or words of encouragement and love. We don’t have to discuss the pandemic every second of the day. Trust me, this is not the time to feed fear or despair. And isolation is a huge factor for people who suffer from suicidal ideation. An ugly topic but a stark reality. Let’s not forget each other. We’re all still a community.

Be gentle with yourself.

I’m all about being informed. And heaven knows, I want you to be equipped with knowledge. For all that is good, please be careful to not overwhelm yourself with bad news. Remember, knowledge is meant to help us prepare. But do what is needed to avoid a mental spiral downward.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you trust for help. And if you are in a moment of crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and saves lives. Even if you are not struggling in this moment, build good habits to prevent yourself from getting to those places. Limit your social media and news consumption. Have regular communication with someone. If you live alone, consider inviting a good friend to stay during the quarantine.

Friends, I know this advice is limited, that it is imperfect. But it is a place to start. I will do my best over the next few weeks to be someone you can rely on for encouragement. Let’s stay safe and get through this together. I believe in you all.

In Courage & Care,

Samantha

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