Some savvy salve for collective coping

coping

noun

The top, typically curved or sloping, course of a brick or stone wall.

How novel that the first definition of coping we came across is talking about a curve. Our collective priority right now is to flatten the curve and can we just say, what a great job our caretaker government, frontline medical staff, retail staff who are keeping shelves stocked and indeed the people of Ireland are doing right now to try and control this virus. But whilst we’re all trying to do the right thing to have the best impact, there is so much collective anxiety, panic and fear. So many tears. The need to take to bed to deal with the trauma we’re feeling. And that’s ok – what’s happening right now is extraordinary. It’s not business as usual.

coping

verb

Coping means to invest one’s own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict.

So how do we cope? While we try to cope with the logistics of recording a podcast together but apart, zen Priestess Una is on hand to explore how we might cope right now in what we hope is some salve in a very heightened environment.