How are you holding up?

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How are you holding up?

#1  Postby The_Metatron » Jun 07, 2020 3:01 pm

I'm wondering if others here have noticed any changes in their own behavior these last few months, and if you attribute this to the more or less absence of good things in the news lately.

I've noticed a few instances of inability to make simple decisions, which is little more than annoying. The few events that concern me are when my behavior affects others.

There's a fairly constant background noise in my mind now that I can feel has me on a medium simmer. There seems to be no escaping news that simply infuriates. I recently stopped listening to radio when I'm working, because of the constant barrage of news, to distance myself from it. There's a pandemic, of course. Oh, and my country is literally destroying itself. And, and, and... it's overwhelming. That simmer taps my reserve of tolerance, and I've overreacted to minor shit at home a few times.

If I had a dial, I'd either turn down that simmer or turn up the tolerance, particularly at home.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#2  Postby laklak » Jun 07, 2020 3:23 pm

I've given up on all mainstream news sources because it's all sensationalist bullshit, fake news, and opinion masquerading as fact. I've snoozed a lot of usually rational people on social media because they are sharing blatant lies designed only to inflame the situation. I understand people are angry, but it doesn't take much to verify a meme or "news" story, and shit is bad enough out there without purposely stirring the pot. I find it hard to sleep at the moment, because I'm worrying about things I cannot change. I'm short tempered, the fucking Crohn's and psoriasis is flaring (autoimmune diseases - the gift that keeps on giving!), it's been raining for a week and looks like a bad hurricane season brewing up. Creedence said it best - there's a bad moon rising.

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Re: How are you holding up?

#3  Postby aufbahrung » Jun 07, 2020 4:04 pm

I'm having good and bad days. Mostly it's the weather rather than the world. Don't like it too hot or too cold but it is exactly right less and less often lately.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#4  Postby The_Metatron » Jun 07, 2020 4:27 pm

laklak wrote:I've given up on all mainstream news sources because it's all sensationalist bullshit, fake news, and opinion masquerading as fact. I've snoozed a lot of usually rational people on social media because they are sharing blatant lies designed only to inflame the situation. I understand people are angry, but it doesn't take much to verify a meme or "news" story, and shit is bad enough out there without purposely stirring the pot. I find it hard to sleep at the moment, because I'm worrying about things I cannot change. I'm short tempered, the fucking Crohn's and psoriasis is flaring (autoimmune diseases - the gift that keeps on giving!), it's been raining for a week and looks like a bad hurricane season brewing up. Creedence said it best - there's a bad moon rising.

At least I've got weed.

As do I, and I lean on it sometimes.

I just had to change my listening to my own music instead of any radio at all. If it isn't bad news, it's more bad news along with advertising on the radio.

Today will start with CCR, inspired by you. Perhaps followed by CSN.


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Re: How are you holding up?

#5  Postby The_Piper » Jun 07, 2020 5:24 pm

I started today with "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen. I'm not a fan per se, but of that song I am. :)
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Re: How are you holding up?

#6  Postby Ironclad » Jun 07, 2020 6:22 pm

You know what, legalisation during this lockdown might have been worthy. Hmm.. :ask:
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Re: How are you holding up?

#7  Postby Hermit » Jun 07, 2020 7:33 pm

The_Metatron wrote:I'm wondering if others here have noticed any changes in their own behavior these last few months...

My behaviour has not changed at all.

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Nor has my mental state. The precariousness of our survival - as individuals or collectively - has been close to my consciousness for several decades. So, while shit like right wing national leaders we fucking vote into office and pestilence are not at all to my liking, it washes over me.

I have accepted that we have fuckall control over our lot, and that we are nowhere near as rational as we like to imagine, and that is before considering the possibility of an asteroid blowing us out of existence without warning (not that we could do anything about it if we did get a warning), the Yellowstone caldera making the entire planet's environment unsurvivable, or some weird glitch triggering a Strangelovian doomsday scenario.

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Re: How are you holding up?

#8  Postby campermon » Jun 07, 2020 8:12 pm

Pretty much given up on the news now. During the first few weeks I was glued to the news and had LBC radio on all day to keep up with covid. I ended up getting anxious about covid and having crazy nightmares! However, I now have bad news fatigue and just do a quick scan through the news in the morning.

I've also fallen into a new routine - up early and do school work, then a bike ride if weather good (done over 600 miles during lockdown!) or a walk if not. Then some house/garden chores, then reading in the afternoon (thank goodness for ibooks!) and watching something light/uplifting in the evening (have rewatched all of Star trek next gen! great stuff!).

Routine will be off tomorrow - back at school! Just teachers tomorrow and kids in next week. It'll be interesting to see how that'll work :)
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Re: How are you holding up?

#9  Postby Ironclad » Jun 07, 2020 8:22 pm

I’m just bored. I didn’t die, it might happen but I’ve got shitty nappies to wash first.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#10  Postby campermon » Jun 07, 2020 8:35 pm

Ironclad wrote:I’m just bored. I didn’t die, it might happen but I’ve got shitty nappies to wash first.
One good thing, a very good thing actually, no soap operas!


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ah! the joys of shitty nappies!

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Re: How are you holding up?

#11  Postby Macdoc » Jun 07, 2020 9:27 pm

The biz kept rolling along - even increased so aside from some procedure changes due to the virus it's been okay. Been getting out on the motorcycle daily now winter is finally departed..
Nice with less traffic.
I'd always ordered groceries for pickup but it was erratic and annoying initially ...much better now.
Not being able to hit a coffee place and chit chat was annoying but that is now changing and the weather is good.

Not being able to plan travel is a pain.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#12  Postby Fallible » Jun 07, 2020 10:03 pm

My normal life ended on the 15th March 2017. Feel a constant simmering unease? Feeling anger or annoyance at everything and everyone? Don’t know what’s going to happen next? Everything seems suffused with a weird dreamlike quality? Disturbed sleep? Everything around you has gone tits up and you realise there’s nothing you can do about it? Welcome to my world. This other crap is just everyone else joining the club 3 years late.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#13  Postby Svartalf » Jun 08, 2020 9:13 am

I don't spend that much time out of home, but being deprived of those outings, including what little face to face contact I had with otyher people hit me hard. Now, I can go out again to the café and see some people, so it's not so bad, but I miss my weekend gaming gatherings with my friends, who are not ready to resume face to face, so I have to do with audio mode over the net.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#14  Postby Animavore » Jun 08, 2020 9:22 am

I feel better since finding Heather Cox on Facebook and getting my daily news of Trump idiocy in one go in the morning then forgetting.

Other than that I've been in work through all of this so my schedule hasn't really changed. That said it's dead in the airport so I've been spending my time in work doing small courses on music theory, digital art, and photography. At home I'm learning jazz guitar/guitar in general. So I'm keeping it fairly zen by keeping myself occupied.

That said I pulled a neck/shoulder muscle moshing while playing Enter Sandman on Saturday night so I'm in a lot of pain right now. :lol:
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#15  Postby theropod_V_2.0 » Jun 08, 2020 11:53 am

I started cardio rehab last Thursday, and go back today and tomorrow for the next 12 weeks. There is only one other person in my time slot, and I wear a mask before, during and after. It’s either risk covid or another infarction.

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Re: How are you holding up?

#16  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Jun 08, 2020 2:03 pm

It's been relatively easy for me. We've had 2,600 test-positive cases of the virus. There are only 193 active cases province-wide. Very few new cases are announced daily. Things are pretty low-risk. Everything's open (aside from pools, I think) with strict physical distancing measures in place. I've expanded my pod to include six people, all of whom are still otherwise physically distancing.

I haven't been able to expand it to include my step brother's kids, which I hate. I want to squeeze them so bad. To my knowledge though they have a LOT of daily contacts. I'm not willing to expose myself and my pod to all that yet.

I'm anxious about my sister being trapped in the States. Nothing any of us can do about that though.

Other than that, shit's fine. What's happening in the US right now is horrific. Gatherings here are peaceful though. The police and protestors are being pretty restrained. A couple people referred to as instigators have been arrested. That's it though. I am glad the COVID-19 risk is so low though because the gatherings are enormous and no one is taking precautions.

If I avoid the news, I'm pretty unaffected by everything. Lucky me.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#17  Postby Mike_L » Jun 08, 2020 4:07 pm

State of the world is thoroughly depressing.
I've found amusement and distraction in something quite odd...

I loved pop-up books as a kid. Now, as a latter-day kid with graying hair, I'm fascinated with the designs and mechanisms:
In his Pop-Up Channel, the affable Duncan Birmingham shows all the secrets... in great detail, in a series of "how to" tutorials.

Brief (22-seconds) intro...


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Re: How are you holding up?

#18  Postby Mike_L » Jun 08, 2020 4:15 pm

Animavore wrote:I pulled a neck/shoulder muscle moshing while playing Enter Sandman on Saturday night so I'm in a lot of pain right now. :lol:

That'll be your trapezius muscle.
I recommend the two i's:
ice-pack and ibuprofen.
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Re: How are you holding up?

#19  Postby felltoearth » Jun 08, 2020 7:25 pm

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:It's been relatively easy for me. We've had 2,600 test-positive cases of the virus. There are only 193 active cases province-wide. Very few new cases are announced daily. Things are pretty low-risk. Everything's open (aside from pools, I think) with strict physical distancing measures in place. I've expanded my pod to include six people, all of whom are still otherwise physically distancing.

I haven't been able to expand it to include my step brother's kids, which I hate. I want to squeeze them so bad. To my knowledge though they have a LOT of daily contacts. I'm not willing to expose myself and my pod to all that yet.

I'm anxious about my sister being trapped in the States. Nothing any of us can do about that though.

Other than that, shit's fine. What's happening in the US right now is horrific. Gatherings here are peaceful though. The police and protestors are being pretty restrained. A couple people referred to as instigators have been arrested. That's it though. I am glad the COVID-19 risk is so low though because the gatherings are enormous and no one is taking precautions.

If I avoid the news, I'm pretty unaffected by everything. Lucky me.


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Re: How are you holding up?

#20  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Jun 08, 2020 8:15 pm

We don't have the snowbird problem.
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