This is a tough time for people with anxiety disorder and depression. Even hearing the word “Corona Virus” makes my anxiety rise. Unless it’s Cardi B saying it. I love getting in a good R & R session but turns out I originally may not be as introverted as I thought. I regret all the nights I didn’t go out with friends because of how “tired” I was. Although I have been keeping myself super busy during this time of quarantine. However when all the work I’ve be doing is over, it is extremely lonely.
One way I have been utilizing my time is by reading story books to children online in cosplay. I did a book reading as Ariel and sent out free special personalized shout out videos. I also plan on doing the same with Elsa. I’ve noticed a lot of places are charging for things like that but right now so many people are out of work. It just didn’t seem right to me. Also the inner educator in me wants to help these kids during this difficult time. I also am the leader of a group called the NY Avengers. We do charity events for children. The character I play in the group is Captain Marvel. So yesterday I did an IGTV of Captain Marvel reading her favorite book “What Makes a Hero” written by Pamela Bobwicz and illustrated by Eda Kaban. It’s a book about all the powerful females of Marvel. The book tells a segment about each marvel heroine and the art work is beautiful on every page. It was a really fun experience. Especially when parents send in video clips of their children watching. There’s really nothing more rewarding than that.
After I finished up my reading. My girlfriends had a “virtual dinner date” planned. So we all logged onto Instagram message and the 4 of us video chatted while we ate dinner. After that we pretty much had a girls night of talking and keeping ourselves entertained. I haven’t laughed that much in a really long time. For the first time in a while I felt really good. It didn’t feel normal but when you can see your friends and get lost in conversation, it distracts your mind from what’s going on out there. I was able to snap a quick picture. The quality on instagram’s live chats are pretty good and I do highly recommend.
I’ve also been chatting with my 4 cousins via FaceTime. Skype and zoom are also very good. Speaking of Skype I recently did a podcast with Scott Biel from Heroes of Cosplay Sanctuary. The episode drops Thursday, March 26th. That was also a very therapeutic and awesome experience. Podcasts can also help ease anxiety and make you feel more social. If you don’t have the opportunity to be a guest on a podcast you can also log onto Instagram live and interact with your followers. I do it every week. Also even if you’re not participating, it’s nice to listen to other people’s stories. It helps you feel like you’re apart of the conversation.
It’s important to stay social during social distancing. My anxiety has been pushing me to not be able to cope as well as I thought I would. Quarantine has made me realize how much I’m usually always on the go. I run a charity group, a side business and I’m a full time special needs teacher so I’m always out doing something. On days I have off I’m either doing photoshoots or something involving cosplay. I’m not much a TV person unless I’m on a series binge or it’s to sit for a movie at the cinema. I usually do that when I know I have a clear schedule and a day or two off. Now I have plenty of time to do that and I’m still utilizing my skills to cosplay for a cause. My word of advice is to use social media for the good. Video chat with your family and friends. It’s a perfect way to stay in touch. Under normal circumstances a lot of of us do not have the time given the hours we work. Now there are no excuses. You can build a lot of relationships that you haven’t had a chance to touch base on during this time. I know social media isn’t always the healthiest thing, but right now it’s all we have and it can be used by connecting. It can also be used as a platform to go above and beyond by doing good deeds for children stuck at home. So if you’re bored, read a book to children online, do an Instagram live or face time with your family members or friends. We will get through this together. Social distancing does not have to stop you from being social.