CORONA FEELING: The worry is a kind of energy that sits inside us yet doesn’t serve us in a positive way

Corona Diaries #1

We are calling on young people from our global network to share their experiences of a life under lockdown. Sometimes sharing our thoughts and feelings can help combat the loneliness and despair, that tends to grow, when we are alone. Let's keep on strengthening the global solidarity by sharing our stories. We start off with young Ugandan community journalist Byaruhanga Frank

Posted by GLOBAL PLATFORMS on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The feelings of worry and frustration are also a kind of energy that sits inside us and yet doesn’t serve us in a positive way

This is a time when we may feel powerless, frustrated, trapped, controlled, worried or fear to name but a few possibilities. It is a time when we may be reflecting on the value that we bring to the world. We may be seeing doctors and nurses fighting to save peoples’ lives while we remain at home, and it would be completely understandable if we started questioning our own purpose

Firstly, we all have a purpose and we all have value and gifts to offer during this pandemic fight, even if it may be challenging to engage in them with the same passion right now

A strategy to help you shift towards this passion is to ask yourself what can you do to help? It is only human nature to feel good about ourselves if we are helping others, so how can you help? It may be helping to look after those in your household or helping your neighbors

It may be helping your community by being part of a COVID-19 awareness response digital team. It may be helping your more isolated relatives by checking up on them or getting them set up with technology. It may simply be acknowledging who you are, the responsible role you are playing by staying home and how this is helping so many.

Whatever the specifics may be, focusing on how you can help and how you can serve will help you feel better.

Focus on gratitude. It is understandable if, at first glance, you think that there isn’t much to be grateful for right now. You may be experiencing loss in an aspect of your health, freedom, finances, relationships or professional life. Having said that, there is always something to be grateful for.

It may be the time you now have to start a new project, the time you have with your partner or family, or the time you have to exercise. It may be the space you have to think about things or it may be the richness of connection with your loved ones. These are just a few possibilities to help your creative juices start flowing.

If you have never practiced this before, there has never been a better time to start than now! The feeling of gratitude is highly energetic. It allows us to focus our attention on the good that is around us. By doing this, we energetically resonate at a higher frequency which then attracts even more of what we want to us.

You may want to start with a gratitude journal where you list everything you are grateful for each day and notice how the list increases once you focus your attention on it. You may want to get friends or family involved and set up virtual groups where you share your gratitude.

This is a great way to engage with others. It also gives you ideas for yourself. It is far more powerful than having someone give you a hug and say ‘cheer up’. It’s your very own virtual and long-lasting hug!

Enjoy the video below and do you have a story in your community or an opinion to share with the world: Email me at

Wash your hands. Avoid social gatherings. Stay at home. Wear a face mask.


Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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