I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s tip is to go for a drive or a solitary walk and enjoy the changing scenery.
This tip actually came from my wife. I was a little overwhelmed by the announcement of various companies and organizations extending their lockdown into the fall. This includes Redgate, where it seems like we’ve abandoned any changes in 2020 and this is our way of working until at least 2021. If schools don’t open, then maybe not until H2 2021.
In any case, she suggested going for a drive as a relatively safe way of changing our environment. I wasn’t sure, but I agreed. So one afternoon, she stopped work early and we headed out. No real destination in mind, but I drove a random route through Denver, heading north. It was good to wander through some places I haven’t been in a long time, and after a couple hours, I looped over to my son’s apartment, grabbed him for a light meal, and then heading back home.
A wasted 4-5 hours of not getting thing done, but a good coping mechanism for me.