As we approach nearly a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, feeling "pangry" -- the anger you feel when others are not taking the pandemic as seriously as you -- can occur easily and quickly.
Instead of unloading on a stranger or loved one and possibly ending up going viral on TikTok, HuffPo shares some coping tips to calm yourself when you encounter someone not wearing a mask in a store, or when you see photos of a friend on an international vacation, or when an extended family member hosts an indoor gathering of multiple households.
Remembering these tips can help you stay sane until the world returns to some version of normal.
- You may think their actions (or lack of concern for safety) are a risk, but chances are they do not. HuffPo reminds us that not everyone stays on top of the latest COVID developments and the rules have evolved and changed in the last year.
- Try to remain compassionate. Chances are people are not being intentionally flagrant of the rules, and possibly their life situation may be affecting their choices, actions, and behaviors.
- Feeling angry and "pangry" is normal. With everything that has occurred in the last year, feeling anger -- especially about the pandemic and those who do not seem to be taking it seriously -- is normal and expected, the experts tell HuffPo. Of course, acting out on your anger aggressively or violently is never okay, but having the feeling is.
- Use the anger in a good way. HuffPo's experts say shaming will not likely change anyone's behavior. Instead of confronting the mask-less person in the store, walk away if possible, or speak to a store employee about the issue. Or if you must address it, HuffPo suggests calmly telling the person something like, "I have a son at home with a compromised immune system — would you mind putting your mask on?”
- Be direct, but loving, with loved ones about their risky choices. Try to speak with your family members directly about your concerns, but know ahead of time the conversation might not change their behavior. But having your voice heard is still important and may help to alleviate some of your frustrations.
- Take a break from social media - If scrolling has you screaming, put down your phone, log out, and log off for a while. The experts note that everything we see online does not always tell the whole story and you likely do not know all the details. Another great option: mute certain people.
- Improve your self-care - Ultimately, the only life you have total control over is your own and why not focus your time and energy on ways to improve it? The Doctors have great self-care suggestions including tips for self-care when the news feels too overwhelming, on how to create better daily self-care rituals, and how to incorporate more self-care into your daily life.
Still feeling "pangry"? Get even more tips on how to handle people ignoring COVID safety precautions, here!