Getting Through Uncertain Times with Comedy

April 13, 2020

If you’re like me, you might be feeling anxious at least part of each day. So much uncertainty and fear circling around the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re sheltering in place in Dallas and just waiting to hear what our next steps will be. We’re trying our best to stay healthy and are limiting trips to the grocery stores, still taking precautions as much as we can.

My couples had to postpone their weddings, some to months from now, which is disheartening and stressful for them. Quite frankly, it has been stressful for me as well in how that impacts my business. All that said, I am thankful that we are doing okay compared to so many people who are out of work without knowing when or if they’ll be allowed to return. My parents and siblings live in the area as well, and it’s hard to not get to see them (besides Facetime) but we’re thankful they’re all healthy as well, as I personally know people who have lost family members to Covid-19.

I find that when I’m feeling anxious, comedy helps! That could be reading a funny book or watching some good stand-up specials on Netflix–John Mulaney, anyone? I’ll start with books.

I read Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out Of It and laughed so hard throughout. I often read at night before going to sleep, and sometimes I’d have to really muffle my laughter to not wake Tyler up. Find it here.

Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please is equal parts funny and inspiring. She talks a lot about growing up and how she got into comedy, her job at SNL and lessons she learned along the way. One of my favorites is her mantra: “Good for her; not for me.” Find it here.

Lastly, Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) is laugh-out-loud funny. She shares stories about being a first-generation-American and her childhood, pursuing comedy, and how she got her job at The Office. Find it here.

I hope these make you laugh as much as they did me, and that you’re doing well during this time and hanging in there. Let me know your recommendations too!