End of a nightmare

‘End of a nightmare’ is my opinion as to how I hope the thing will go. Of course, I can not predict the future, but I am optimistic.

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Yesterday, a dark cloud was lifted off, not only the US, but the world overall. With the defeat of Donald Trump, my friends south of the boarder can start to heal. This healing began with the cheers in the streets and hope in their hearts.

When we, the world, woke up in our respective corners of the planet this morning, we woke up into a new era. One of hope and alleviation, a dream of peace and resolution. I feel like all of this is possible now. Finally, the end of a nightmare.

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As the sun rose this morning, I sat with my start-of-the-day java and thought a lot about what all these potential possibilities would look like. I thought about the healing that could take place. I wondered how this new dawn would impact the skyrocketing mental-health challenges we are seeing worldwide.

Personally, I believe that we will see the mental-health epidemic start to shrink. I base this on the fact that the daily onslaught of disinformation and purposeful division will be gone, and thus the end of a nightmare.

End of a nightmare

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Furthermore, with the defeat of a tyrant will come a strategic plan to focus on the most urgent matters. Crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. A very real threat to all persons, everywhere. Fortunately, the measures we have taken here in Canada have drastically reduced the infection rates and thereby limiting the number of deaths. Yet despite this, infections are on the rise all over the world .

Are we in the midst of a mental health pandemic?

Well, as far as I can see, alleviating the mental-health crisis will happen. But only with the actions of the new leadership. For instance, we saw that sure amount of destruction that was caused by the last President. It was devastating for a multitude of reasons. For instance, refusing to look after the pandemic, accentuating hatred and the blatant disregard for the world’s people, has laid a collective blanket of deep depression and anxiety that sprawled across the world.

If the incoming administration takes on COVID-19 and listens to its experts, it should mitigate viral spread. If this is achieved, and I believe it will be, the people of the US will start to see a breakthrough and start to turn the corner; not only will it be evident through their physical health, but as a natural consequence, they will also see an improvement in their psychological well-being too. I apply the same assumptions to the rest of the world’s population.

How to improve your mental health through COVID-19.

If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that the celebration in the streets will service as the catalyst people need – and it should jumpstart their mental wellness journey. I feel like it will go something like this:

  • As the transition of power gets closer and closer, the dark cloud will start to lift. As a result, people will start to feel better.
  • When better health measures are enacted to fight the virus, the number of infections should go down. When this happens, people will feel like their government cares.
  • The economy will improve; a robust economy helps with things like one’s overall feelings of physical security.
  • And finally, when people feel safe, their mental health improves.

Of course, there are tough days ahead and nothing is going to go that smoothly, but I suspect that the mental well-being of folks the world over will improve. I really believe that we will see a change for the better; it always does happen, at the end of a nightmare.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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