In January 2019, I gave a PechaKucha* talk about how I cope with my anxiety. This video is a re-recording of the talk. Some activities listed are not possible at the moment, which makes them doubly poignant. Such as socialising with friends. We’ve all had to adapt to these uncertain times.
Since the spread of coronavirus around the globe in early 2020, our lives have changed dramatically. For most, it’s working and schooling from home with short breaks to take some exercise outside while obeying ‘social distancing’ of 2 metres. For many, it’s worrying about underlying health issues of our own or loved ones and catching the virus. For others, it’s loss of income, financial worries and obtaining food.
I can’t think of a single person who is unaffected. This has impacted people’s mental health, from relatively mild feelings of confusion and anxiety to extreme depression.
I hope the talk helps with some ideas. If nothing else, just know you’re not alone. I’ve also started to pool other resources that may help – see the navigation menu for ideas. I will continue to update this site.
*PechaKucha’s 20×20 presentation format shows your 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, you’ve got 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide. (See pechakucha.com)