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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:26 PM

31. You're not alone. And it's not just the U.S., it's worldwide.

For multiple reasons (or lack thereof), much of the world is in a wrestling match with autocracy/nationalism vs. democracy/tolerance. The UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and even Brazil are grappling with toxic nationalist movements/governments. This isn’t helpful to your discomfort, but know that there WILL eventually be a reversal of this toxic tide.

I say this cautiously: your distress and overload make perfect sense, given what’s occurring. I’d be far more worried if you WEREN’T feeling this way. Again, small comfort, but realize that you’re completely stable, rational and heed reality. That’s no small feat these days.

Your depletion is also “normal,” as we’re witnessing some very strange and unsettling events. But in order to stay on-balance and not slide into depression, you must distract yourself from the “noise” for awhile. Whatever interest gives you life, go there, really delve into it. Example: I’ve gotten into playing guitar again; I collect vintage pre-WWII baseball and boxing cards; I also collect “military minatures” (toy soldiers ) and really delve into history. Astronomy is another interest that connects me with something bigger than the imagination. Anything that gives you life is on the table.

Final suggestion: Stay away from the media as much as possible. You’ll feel a compulsion to “check things out,” but don’t give in; think of it as toxic. Your rest and relaxation will build up your brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitters.

Hang in there. We’re right here with you. Go safely.


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