being well Area

being well during the 2020 pandemic

  being here now in reset
as if born again on / in a digital commons

gary e. davis
May 2020

“We’ll need a great reset when this is all over,” says David Brooks. “We need to start planning a great social festival and ask the obvious questions: Why did we tolerate so much social division before? Why didn’t we cultivate stronger social bonds when we had the chance?”

Brooks’ concern is apt, but exaggerated: Who tolerates “great” social division? Countering division in ordinary life has never ceased; and the salience of division in the media and public life is treated ad nauseum—properly so.

There is progress, has been progress, and will forever be need for better rates of progress, because every destination (“hilltop”) on our progressive horizon shows a new kind of horizon for wayfaring.

pandemia as a long-term issue

“…We cannot know when the end is coming” Margaret Renkl, NYTimes, muses. “How soon before I would go back to being irritated by small matters, back to forgetting that every single day is a life-or-death proposition?”

One evidence-based scenario,” notes Max Fisher, “is that a resurgence in SARS-CoV-2 could occur as far into the future as 2025.”

“Covid-19 may become endemic and last years,” Washington Post.

your life as worth being how careful?

“I have always felt my own finitude...,” says therapist Mary Pipher.

Writer Joselin Linder, who’s “been dying for a long time” shares what she’s “learned about how it’s done.”

Renkl: “…life is precious and finite,...people tend to spend each day as though they had an endless supply of days....what is beautiful and just and true deserves our focus far more than what’s annoying or inconvenient....”

imperative autonomy

“What will our new normal feel like?,” Max Fisher, NYTimes, asks—in much detail, including that: “Studies from the SARS, Ebola and swine flu out-breaks...found behaviors [more] focused on regaining a sense of autonomy and control increased: people reported working on their diet or hygiene, or reading more news....Those changes in thinking...can reflect not just in-the-moment altruism but deeper emotional growth that can outlast a crisis.”

One hopes—and hope that Renkl’s “...gratitude for the chance to love everyone I love again tomorrow” lives very much longer.

So, “10 Things Mentally Strong People Do During a Pandemic”: limit news and media exposure | accept your feelings as normal | carefully choose the leaders you follow | display self-compassion for lack of productivity | focus on facts | practice mindfulness | limit toxic people | focus on self-care | and know your personality needs.

Maybe the reality that “poor diet contributes to coronavirus risk,” Jane Brody, NYTImes explains, isn’t really news: Bad diet, bad health, duh. “Improving our metabolic health could help ward off future medical, economic and social calamities from whatever pathogen next comes down the pike.” But it’s news that a well-adapted microbiome directly affects the strength of the immune system: Bad microbiome, compromised immunity.

Simplify your life. Simply living well is quite worthwhile—particularly inasmuch as “your freedom to live as you wish turns out to jeopardize public well-being,” writes James Taub for the Times. “’s unlikely the world will be able to get to net-zero [climate risk] without serious changes in personal behavior....

long-term changes ahead

“...the collective nature of [the covid-19] terror might mean that we will remember together what we move on from too quickly alone,” writes Renkl. “Will we remember the gifts of this time as well as its terrors? Will we remember this clear understanding of our own precarious lives, the desperate need to make the time we have really matter?...”

“We may surprise ourselves with how easily we return to many activities,” Fisher prospects for the new normal. “But a year or more of fearing physical contact could alter something fundamental....Large gatherings may remain rare....Mask wearing remains widespread in societies hit by the SARS and MERS epidemics, even for routine colds....When the coronavirus outbreak is under control, aversion to strangers or large groups, and the threat of infection they could pose, might echo in our minds for years....In past crises, researchers find, the deepest traumas surfaced only after [the crises] had ended.”

So, we want preventive efficacy from our realism, enjoyments, optimism, solitude, creative resort, friendship, thankfulness, caring, solidarity, reason for hope, and political renewal.

next—> addressing stress realisitically




  Be fair. © 2020, gary e. davis