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Day #37: Focusing On What I Can Control

Yesterday, I was really really stressed out about how to best take care of my family given the coronavirus pandemic.


It's clear that the U.S. has given up on containing the virus, mostly due to a lack of mass testing.


Now, the focus is on limiting the spread of the virus within the U.S. It's clear that this quarantine will last much longer than any of us expect.


The uncertainty behind the whole situation is what spurred my anxiety yesterday. There's no clear answer on how to best protect my loved ones other than all of us applying protective measures on our own to stay safe.


But I try and remember what I am in control of and the outcomes that I can influence.


I'm doing my best to stay healthy and focused while keeping in contact with my family every single day to check in with them also.


The way the media is reporting on this issue doesn't help matters either, it only serves to keep you afraid of the situation. Instead, I'm focused on taking the proper individual (and collective) action to keep myself and others safe.


I have no doubt that the U.S. will eventually get through this, as other countries like China, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore have managed the crisis well.


The question is what shape our country will be in, and whether if we will have learned anything by the end of this. (My answer: no.)


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