I'm sure there are many of you out there struggling with changes across the last few weeks as the world slowly closes down from the normal patterns of life that we've known. More people are telecommuting and learning to collaborate in new ways. The disruption is far ranging and pervasive, invading not only work, but the rest of our lives.
I'm struggling with the changes.
I'll admit that, and I hope those of you that are struggling can do so as well. It does help, at least slightly. It's the first step (I think) to getting control of life and moving forward.
I've worked at home for nearly two decades. I've worked at a job that is often isolated from others without any need to interact. However, this has been harder than previous changes. My wife and kids are here, struggling with their own routines being upended, and while they're old enough not to disturb me when I'm working, the changes are bothering me.
I think some of this is the inability to get to the gym, either for myself or the kids I coach. Trying to take care of myself in a healthy way is a big part of my life. I'm struggling as a result of this. While I do get on a stationary bike 3-4 days a week now and try to do some yoga on my own (or with YouTube), I'm struggling to get motivated. For no real reason, but it's just hard with all of the news in the world.
Turning off Twitter and avoiding news is something I'm trying to do, but I also want to be informed. I want to touch base with friends, and invariably some news comes up. It's also a part of my job to try and engage in the world, which means some of that stuff keeps leaking through.
I'd like to think this is a short term crisis, but I really have no idea. As I look back week to week, I barely recognize the world. Things happen every few days that I never would have imagined outside of a Hollywood movie. It's shocking, saddening, and depressing. I haven't every struggled with depression, but I think I am a bit now, especially as I empathize with many others. The stories of struggles resonate with me and the dismissals are maddening.
These are difficult times for many of us. I'm going to try a few things and see how I can cope. I'm adding daily things to the top of the editorial that I'm trying, and I hope you will as well. I'm going to see if I can shake myself out of a few things, but I'm also admitting it's hard. If I can help you I will, and I am reaching out to a few friends for help myself. I'll see if I can add in some virtual contact with others, as Mike Walsh is doing.
It's easy to say, hard to actually take care of yourself mentally, but I urge everyone to make an effort here.