Staying Sane in an Insane Time

  • Similarly, avoid television series and movies that are uplifting, with optimistic, happy endings. The return to reality will not be comforting; the landing won’t be soft. You may be more depressed than before.
  • Choose a date in the not-too-distant future when you’ll put on regular pants. No need for it to be a special occasion or have someplace to go. Just get out of your sweats and wear some real pants. It will do you a world of good, assuming they still fit.
  • Get involved in something, anything. Find someone or a nonprofit that needs your help, any organization working to help people, especially during these challenging times. They’ll welcome your energy, even if you provide it while sheltered in place.
  • Make a sign to express your appreciation and gratitude for those who are keeping things reasonably normal. You, know, our heroes: the mail carrier, the local delivery people, those who work to keep stocks shelved in stores, first responders, healthcare professionals. Use large, colorful letters and post the sign in a prominent location. It will make someone’s day.
  • And consider what I do: Stay angry. Anger is a terrific emotion, especially if focused. It’s motivating, energizing and, if it’s sufficiently powerful, highly satisfying. It’s difficult to maintain for long stretches, but when it’s good it’s very good. Most importantly, it wards off insanity.
  • Italy: 14,114, 1.4%
  • Israel: 13,557, 1.4%
  • Australia: 13,269, 1.3%
  • Canada: 9,812, 1.0%
  • South Korea: 9,812, 1.0%
  • Spain: 7,593, .8%
  • United States: 7,181, .7%
  • France: 5,114, .5%
  • United Kingdom: 4,392, .4%



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Alan Schnur

Alan Schnur

Alan is a consulting psychologist with a long and storied history of helping organizations of all sizes become more enriching, empowering places to work.