These COVID-19 days are sending me into social media overload. Even during good times, social media is a mixed bag — I want to know what friends are doing, but other stuff bums me out. So, in this time of strife, I’m social-media-distancing — being careful about the amount of time I’m on FB and Instagram and the news. Panic, for me, is more contagious than the virus, and I do believe that’s why I bought too much toilet paper. So I’m trying to keep the balance.
Don’t isolate, though! You got a friend. If you need to vent or panic, I’m offering my inbox for that, firstname.lastname@example.org. Judgment-free zone. It sometimes really helps to write stuff down and hit “send,” or to get on the phone and say something out loud, so that it stops bouncing around inside of your head. And that way, we can work together to keep the panic off the social media platforms, and clear the way for the good stuff, like those Italian people playing their accordions and tambourines. I’m here if you need to write or chat. It’s a crazy time out there, and sometimes you just need a quick chat to keep you sane.
Sending every good thought your way! We got this. And if you need to vent, vent away. I’m good. And if you need a call, send me your number, I’ll call you back.
Maureen Sager, ACE Executive Director