I don’t know about you, but since the Stay At Home orders have been in effect, I’ve been feeling particularly exhausted. It’s counter-intuitive … because I’m doing less. Sure, I’m still working my regular job (fortunately!), but I don’t go anywhere. I barely walk anywhere. So why am I so tired all the time?
All things considered, I have come through this reasonably unscathed. While we have friends who have fallen gravely ill, my family has been very fortunate. Thankfully. It’s just me and Mrs. Walksfast at home, and it’s a big enough place that we don’t have to interact with each other during the workday. So far, so good. My kids are grown, so I’m not responsible for managing their education or keeping them entertained. We’re pretty fortunate. While many of our partner-businesses are struggling to keep the doors open, none of my family members has been furloughed. Their jobs are secure. We don’t work in the health care industry or are considered front-line essential workers. We’re out of harm’s way. Both sets of parents–my wife’s and my own–are deceased, so we aren’t facing the fear and uncertainty of keeping them safe. All in all, we’re doing OK. So why am I so tired all the time?
I confess all of the above with extreme empathy. I’m not bragging about how great I have it. On the contrary, I want people to understand that if I’m struggling — someone who has it so easy — we can expect that people who are going through even one of the above stressors must definitely be hanging on by a thread.
With all due respect to the Governor and (my fav) Dr. Acton, we’re not in this together. Or, more accurately, we’re not in this the same. Some of us are in it more than others. It is incumbent on each of us to bring extreme empathy to every situation. Maybe you’re aware of the stressors people are dealing with, maybe you’re not. But you certainly don’t know their ability to deal with stress. Everyone has a different stress tolerance. So why am I so tired all the time?
Check out this 7-minute video of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs. The uncertainty everyone is facing in these extraordinary times is the epitome of what happens when our lower level needs, like security, are threatened. This article, Why Am I So Tired, does a terrific job explaining the biology and physiology of stress and trauma. As the article suggests, “focus on grace and self-compassion as you navigate this unprecedented time. Take a walk, take a bath, take a nap, take deep breaths, ask for help, help where you can, and know that whatever you are feeling is completely normal, and whatever you need to do to love on and care for you during this time is okay.” That’s not just good advice for you, but for the people in your world, too. Give them space. Give them time. Treat them with extreme empathy.
I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. It looks like we may be hitting the peak and turning a corner in the next week or two. Please stay vigilant in your social distancing. Wear your masks when you’re out in public. Wash your hands frequently. We can ill-afford to have a rebound in the numbers. Keep it going!
In the newsletter this week:
- Fun with Masks
- Chicken Wing Surplus
- Helping Our Partners
Fun With Masks
Here are Sandy and Phyllis sporting their homemade masks. Please submit yours for posting in the newsletter!
Chicken Wing Surplus
Do you know the two biggest times of the year for chicken wing consumption? If you guessed during the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, you were right. Guess what that means? Thanks to the coronavirus, there’s a massive chicken wing surplus in the United States. Not only is the nation’s chicken-wing-stockpile at its peak, but the price per pound of wings is down about 50%. It may be a good time to buy chicken wing futures.
Helping Our Partners
Valter’s and Winans are still shut down except for carry out orders. They have been very generous to us. Today, more than ever, they need our support (as do other restaurant and bar owners).
You can assist Valter by ordering carry out: call 614 444-3531 or https://valtersatthemaennerchor.com/.
Anyone looking for treats from Winans, including chocolates, coffee beans or bottles of wine, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule curbside pickup or delivery. Or order online at www.winanscolumbus.com.
Don’t forget that you can also order all your walking and running needs from Columbus Running Company: https://www.columbusrunning.com/
The sport of walking goes way back to a time when the sport’s champions were the country’s first celebrity athletes. They were even on trading cards! The best part for me is that naps have always been part of the sport. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. Here are the details from the Smithsonian Magazine. Thanks, Deb, for the submittal.
Motivation of the Week
Till we walk together again. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!