Daily Coping 30 Mar 2020


I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.

In the newsletter today, I wrote this: Share what you are feeling and be willing to ask for help.

This is a tough one for me. I’m fiercely independent and hate asking for help if I can do something. I should be able to handle this myself. I’m not sick, my family isn’t sick. No one I know is that sick, and only a few are a little sick. I only personally know of two people that have lost their jobs.

However, this pandemic has affected me. It’s all over the news, it’s heartbreaking and maddening.

I am sad for those that have lost someone or are suffering.

have sympathy for those losing their jobs, especially low income workers.

I’m maddened by those that haven’t taken this seriously.

I’m sharing here, and I’ve shared some of this with my wife and kids. We commiserate a bit and get things off our chests. I also have learned to ask my wife for help, to listen, to hold me, to just be there. It’s helpful, though this is still hard.

I’m working to close off from news, but not from people, which is a challenge. I’m working to keep my temper and emotions in check. I’m asking you to help me do that. If I’m upset, I’d appreciate a gentle reminder that things will be OK.

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