Blogging Is the Perfect Distraction from Social Media and Scary Coronavirus News

Since the Coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout the world, many of us have been glued to our TVs and news sites and social media, taking in all the latest scary statistics about numbers of infected and death rates.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve observed that my productivity, earnings, mood and health have all taken a big hit for the past several weeks – even though “social distancing” and “lockdown” looks a whole lot like my regular daily life as a freelancer before any of this even started.

The more time I spend on Twitter and news sites, filling my head with every negative bit of info out there, the more I feel like sh*t and the more my life slides in the opposite direction of my goals.

Do I really need to know how many more people died in Italy today than yesterday?

Will my comment on some random idiot’s tweet really help the situation?

I’m not denying the reality and importance of what is happening in the world today. Some people – like health care officials and political leaders – need to know those numbers in real time. And many people in the general population aren’t taking this situation nearly as seriously as they should.

But as a random dude in Las Vegas, I don’t need up-to-date death statistics from every country every 20 minutes and rehashing of the same depressing info mixed with more panicked speculation.

Sure, I’ll check the news 2-3 times a week to see if there’s any new development I need to be aware of, such as shutdowns or travel restrictions in my city or state. Things like that. But I already know everything I need to know for the time being…

Social distancing.

6 feet.

Wash hands.

20 seconds.

Stay home.

Do grocery shopping online.

Vaccine is likely 18+ months away.

Await further instructions from officials – they’re working on it.

We’ll get through this.

That’s pretty much all I need to know right there. Sure, I have tons of questions, just like everyone else. And I want answers too, just like everyone else. But this is new territory, folks. Nobody has the answers yet. We’re figuring this out as we go.

But for the most part, all any of us can do is sit tight and wait it out. No sense worrying about things I have zero control over. Instead, I just focus on things I CAN control.

Like posting on my blog.

And meeting my client deadlines.

And doing my laundry lol.

Flip It Good

Normally, bloggers and freelance writers like me complain about how we don’t get enough work done at home because we get distracted by social media and news and stuff. But I guess the flip side is also true – and it can actually work in our favor.

So as bloggers, what better way to DISTRACT ourselves from the paralyzing news than to get busy blogging!

I don’t know what I’d be doing right now if it weren’t for the internet. I love being able to make money online while working at home writing for sites like Textbroker, HubPages and ContentRunner – along with my blog.

Not that my family won’t be affected by the shutdowns – we are, for sure. But I’m not freaked out and paralyzed by fear and anger. We’re not helpless. We got options. And besides, what happens…happens.

Anyway, hang tight, folks.

Try not to get all paralyzed with fear and anxiety, sitting on the couch all day eating snacks and watching the news while the rest of your life falls apart.

Do what you CAN do rather than sit and stress about what you CANNOT do.

If your job is temporarily shut down, and you’re forced to stay home – make the most of it.

Keep busy doing what you CAN do.

Do something productive.

Even if it’s just a small thing.

You’ll feel better.

So what do you think?

  1. Do you have any projects around the house that you can finally get to, now that you’re stuck at home all day?
  2. How are you spending your days during this time? Any upsides to all this?
  3. Any bloggers in the house? Link up your blogs below and maybe someone will come see what you’re up to.

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