Do you remember the Hong Kong Flu?
Most people alive today lived through it and they can’t say they had memorable images of it. That flu killed 100,000 people in the U.S. and a million worldwide in 1968 and yet we had no way to be bombarded by how bad it was every minute of the day.
Today is different. Another virus but a different way to stay scared – endless updates, stories about everything from virtual dating to how divided the country is (again).
The thing is people have been through pandemics before but never with so much intense focus that causes needless anxiety.
The cure is turn off the phone at times during the day, don’t watch news channels that cause anxiety instead of giving information and celebrate how well you’re doing in an inconvenient situation.
To borrow a news radio phrase: You give yourself 22 minutes, and we’ll give you a break from anxiety and negative thinking.