This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on May 12, 2020.
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Can 2020 become any more of a burden? No wait! Don’t answer that. I don’t think I want to know about how much more it can suck. You probably don’t either. If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling worn out from all this nonsense and would like a good reprieve.
Let’s try and create a more peaceful life in whatever way we can. Let’s think of some activities we can do that’ll get us (safely) out of the house, having more fun indoors, or creating something meaningful. Just because the world is sucking right now doesn’t mean we need to let it mess with us.
There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Relying 100% on Social Media for Your Business Is Foolish.
Social media is a phenomenal tool for getting you and your business the attention it deserves. However, it’s not the basket in which you should be putting all your eggs. If you’re relying on a single service to help you operate and fund your entire business, then there could be a very unpleasant awakening for you if that service ever goes down. Click through the link to learn what ubiquitous service is the more reliable one.
We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.
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The Dandy Newsletter - 05/12/20
I think “malaise” is an interesting word, and a very apt one for a lot of people these days. It’s certainly an appropriate word to describe how I found myself feeling this last weekend, seemingly out of nowhere.
Malaise is a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify. It’s that weighty feeling that seeps in like a fog and turns the lights down on the world around you. It’s a sneaky feeling; I tend not to notice it until I take a moment to look up and wonder, “Why the hell do I feel like garbage right now?”
Malaise is also one of those words that actually increases the English language’s quality in my estimation. Most of the time it’s a wreck of a language that has inconsistent rules and can be confusing for so many who didn’t grow up speaking it to some degree. Taking a look at the internet, it seems to still be confusing even for those who did grow up speaking it, but that’s beside the point. There are other languages that have better rules, make more sense, and to my American ears, just sound so much cooler. For instance, here are a few unique words in other languages:
- Waldeinsamkeit (German) - referring to “the feeling of being alone in the woods.” It combines two words: “Wald,” meaning forest, and “Einsamkeit,” meaning loneliness or solitude. It’s a word that describes that calm feeling of being by oneself surrounded by nature.
- Hyggelig (Danish) - a word popularized by the internet, it refers to a warm, cozy, peaceful feeling or something that creates that feeling. You may hear many people describe a cozy mountain cabin with comfy pillows and a crackling fire as being “hygge.”
- Iktsuarpok (Inuit) - this is the feeling of anticipation while waiting for someone to arrive. You can probably see this as common behavior in children who are waiting for their friends to show up to their house. It’s hard to stop them from frequently going outside or to the windows to check for them.
Those are all wonderful words, but they’ve been a major digression.
I believe the stay at home orders that my state has given and my concern for the safety and well-being of others has led me to start feeling a little stir crazy, which has led to that feeling of malaise. I’ve always been a homebody, but knowing that it would be unsafe, unwise, and just not allowed to go out for something that wasn’t a necessity, i.e. not having a choice to stay home, has bummed me out a bit.
I want to make certain that it’s known I support the stay at home orders. I believe that self-quarantining is one of the best ways to help do my part in managing this pandemic. I do not support the foolish quarantine protestors, I do not believe their rights are being infringed, and I do believe they are selfish and will contribute to more unnecessary deaths.
Still, I miss being able to go to the movies, go out to a restaurant with my fiancée, and just not have a constant sense of concern for the safety of my family, friends, and everyone else in the world.
What’s one to do with a feeling of malaise brought on by circumstances far outside of our control? Turns out, quite a lot. It’s just takes some creative thinking.
Go for a walk
Clearly, this one may not be safe or justifiable for everybody. Those living in a large, closely packed city aren’t going to have this option. However, if you’re able to, why not take a drive to a more suburban or rural area with open spaces. Sure, you’re having to go out of your way for a walk, but it could be an important and healing walk.
I’ve gotten into a routine of taking a morning walk with my mom around the neighborhood. It’s nice to work up a sweat, breath in some outside air, and catch up with her. Sometimes a walk, even if it is just around a small area like a backyard, can be good for you.
If you’ve got some animals, then take them out for a walk (if possible). They’re basically furry little exercise machines.
Play more games
I haven’t started playing it yet, but I’ve heard from many people that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a perfect way to while away some free time. It’s a calming, creative, and friendly way to take your mind off of the tough things in life.
If you don’t have a Switch handy, then there’s always loads of games available for your phone. I’ve recently subscribed to Apple Arcade and have loved it. For a small $5 a month, I can have access to over a hundred high quality games, all with no ads or in-app purchases. It’s a crazy deal. Give Sneaky Sasquatch a try. It’s a lot of fun.
Do something creative
I’ve written about starting a podcast in past newsletters. I think that’s a wonderful way to create something that’s never existed in this world before, and friend, that’s an incredibly powerful feeling. Find a subject you feel passionate about and then just start talking into a microphone about it.
I also used to knit (and should probably start doing it again). It’s got a pretty low barrier to entry—all you need is some yarn and a couple of knitting needles—and you can quickly make something snazzy. Like a new scarf or a great hat! You’ll feel like a knitting rock star when you get the rhythm down.
Heck, give making your own pasta a try. I haven’t tried it yet, and from what I can tell it’s not always the easiest thing to accomplish, but a challenge is good for us all. Plus, you’ll have pasta to eat by the end of it!
Any of those activities can be a good way to beat the malaise back into the darkness where it belongs. Feeling down when the world is battling a pandemic is completely natural and understandable. Things are crazy! I’d probably be a little shocked if I wasn’t feeling down about things right now. That doesn’t mean we can’t try to take care of our mental and emotional health.
Believe me, that’s of the utmost importance. Take care of yourself, friend.
What are you going to do the next time Instagram goes down?
There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Hip-hip-hooray! 🎉
Yep, downright foolish. You’d be a foolish fool to completely depend on a single service to help you grow your following and business online. Diversifying isn’t just good for your money, it’s also good for the health of your business.
I’m not necessarily suggesting you sign up for all of the services out there because business is a “numbers game” or some nonsense like that. My question is, what will you do when the service you depend on for your business goes down, whether temporarily or forever. Remember, it’s not a question of if but when.
Click through the link above to read about why putting all your business eggs in a single social media basket is a bad idea. I’ll also be talking about the marketing and engagement service that you can depend on for the long haul. Give it a read today!
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Until next time, stay dandy, cat.
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