BLUECHIP: Fiscally Fit by Miriam Whiteley and Janet Hollander, Columnists
Originally published in The Register-Guard: Jun. 2, 2020 at 10:05 AM
One thing we notice: people are getting depleted. We’re tired of managing uncertainty. We’ve been kept from ordinary ways of coping and we’re tired of that, too. Perhaps you enjoy anticipating a vacation as a way to release the stress of a difficult day, and now you don’t know when travel will be safe again. Or you lift yourself out of the dullness of routine chores with a special night out at a restaurant with friends, and that’s not something you can count on soon either.
We’re facing limits here on our patience as well as our energy. Have you noticed yourself taking shortcuts because of this? Tired of attempting to discern the level of threat around us, or how to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we stop trying so hard to figure it out. We might not even notice how easily we reach for a frozen pizza at the market, pour another glass of a favorite adult beverage, or reach for our computer and online retail therapy.