COVID-19 sadly has created such a sense of negativity and sadness world wide. People are worried about the safety of their loved ones - old and young. States are issuing stay at home orders and entire countries have been placed on lockdown. Social distancing is hard, but the coronavirus is also not something that should be taken lightly. During this time of societal shift, it is important to practice social distancing to protect your physical health but in doing so, don't let it cause you to self-destruct mentally and emotionally.
Please don't the loneliness you may be experiencing drive you to do something that is self-destructive. A lot of us have realized that this is a time to reconnect and heal. Our pastors and loved ones are encouraging us to mend relationships and to work through tough situations. I agree with these sentiments wholeheartedly, but if someone is truly toxic for you, do not think that this is a get out of jail free card to reach back out to them.
I do believe that people can change. I'm not saying that those who may have hurt you in the past aren't using this time to self-reflect like you might be. But I do want all of us to protect our sanity and peace and really consider if revisiting some situations is worth it. Before you make a rash decision to text that person who was once your friend or who is now your ex, think about if it will help or hurt you. Will discussing the things they put you through in the past create new wounds?
As an empathetic person, I've struggled with these same thoughts. I worry about people and if I should check on them. But with the guidance of my loved ones who truly care about me and know the whole story of some of the situations, I've realized that I have to let go. It is our first priority to take care of ourselves during this time of chaos. Along with washing your hands, social distancing, please do not open yourself up to new heartaches. Pray for those you are worried about but do not feel obligated to be everything for everyone. If you are supposed to reconnect with that person let it happen naturally. Don't force it because you find yourself feeling lonely.And although you may feel lonely, you are never alone. God is with you throughout this entire thing. Use this time to reconnect to him. Stay safe and protect your peace.