“The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not.“
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Last night I woke up in the middle of the night, having read too many articles on the ongoing pandemic. My literary senses were not quite there, when I came up with the title for today’s post. Nevertheless, the line may become reality over the next weeks or months.
Yesterday, I was let go due to a reduction in force (RIF, which is just one letter different from RIP). Several states have shelter-in-place mandates. The number of infected individuals around the globe continues to grow exponentially. Economic outlooks are dire.
That’s a lot of bad news for one day.
Here is some good advice from the Mayo Clinic how to cope with the current situation:
• Limit exposure to news media.
• Avoid staying up late to monitor news.
• When you do look at news, be sure to seek out reputable sources.
• Connect with friends and family for support via social media or a phone.
• Meditate, stretch or practice deep breathing
• Do activities you enjoy.
• Be optimistic.
• Eat a healthy diet.
• Get some exercise.
• Avoid turning to drugs or alcohol to cope.
• Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support.
• Remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.