OT: When the news becomes too much to bear

Posted by Joanne | March 16th, 2020 | Blog

Confession: I’d had a post about motivation and productivity planned for today, but to be honest, as the news grew more and more dire, I felt my own productivity waning.

As someone who lives with anxiety, I’ve found myself feeling surprisingly un-anxious.

This is not to say I’m apathetic; but right now things are so far beyond my control that to let my anxiety get the better of me seems futile.

However, my normally tidy office is in chaos and belies my true mental state, so I’ve turned to my journal to help me sort out my feels.

I’ve had several conversations with friends who are in various states of shell-shock and worry. These are small business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, bosses, admin assistants, nurses, doctors, lawyers. Friends with spouses, mortgages, elderly parents, small children, health issues.

There isn’t a single person this pandemic hasn’t touched. There isn’t a single person who won’t be gravely affected by this in the weeks to come.

I don’t want to contribute to the noise and despair, but I felt the need to put some thoughts into the ether.

I’m appealing to my various social communities to see how we can support each other right now.

What to do? How to cope? What are you doing to find solace in the face of uncertainty? I’d love to hear from you.


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