RUBY WAX: The pandemic drove us to confront demons we didn’t even realize we had.
Ruby Wax, a mental health activist, believes the pandemic has made us to confront problems that have been there in our lives for a long time but were brought to the fore by Covid.
Death, painful feelings, loneliness, chance, uncertainty, and dissatisfaction, according to the comedian, “became the norm during lockdown, incessantly firing at us: grief, worry, panic, fear, shame, guilt, loss.”
We attempted to avoid them before the epidemic, but the virus made that difficult, she explains.
Ruby, an OBE, feels that rebuilding after the effects of coronavirus requires a network of support groups based on the Frazzled Cafes charity she founded in 2017 to help people deal with stress.
These provide a “judgment-free space” in which to address “the enormous stresses of modern life.”
Originally held in face-to-face sessions that were open to the public, they were switched online during the pandemic.
Ruby, a classically trained actor, admits that she had to face her dread of death during that time.
She said the cafes gave her “a front row seat into what was occurring and how people were coping” in an interview with the podcast Sketch Notes On…
She said, “I heard it night after night.” “People were forced to confront realities they would never have to confront in real life.”
Her experience prompted her to create A Mindfulness Guide for Survival, which will be released next week.
She claims that the book, which contains approaches, tools, and exercises, was intended to assist people in dealing with these “difficult to face facts.”
“If you face the beast, it flees away from you,” Ruby, 68, who has an Oxford University degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, stated. However, if you flee from the creature, it will pursue you.
“We were just so preoccupied that we didn’t want to confront the issues.”
We were flailing, saying, “Oh my God, how can I live with the reality of things that are waiting for me?” when the lockdown took away our toys of distraction.
“Loneliness? We were always by ourselves. We were doomed from the start. There was never a dull moment.
“Uncomfortable emotions were always present.
Adults, on the other hand, were suddenly saying, “Oh, my God, I didn’t realize there was change.”
“As a result, the reality is one of ambiguity. And these would be the things that would come up every night, as if they were being slapped in the face with this existential hit that they’ve been dealing with from the dawn of time. But then we’re sitting there in the “Brinkwire Summary News,” staring at it.