DEAR HARITET: I suffer from extreme allergies all year round and work in a factory. When I get into one of my sneezing or coughing spells, I feel my colleagues shrink.
Understood. Coughing and sneezing spread germs and no one wants to catch COVID-1
Believe me – it is not easy to have them and wear a mask, which only makes it difficult to breathe. But I wear it anyway, like everyone else. How can I make my colleagues stop looking at me? It’s hard enough to be there when I’m not feeling well. I do not appreciate hostility.
RESPECTING STOP GLASSES Make a sign to wear, saying, “I HAVE ALLERGIES, NOT INCREASED.” Seriously, if allowed, you may want to do this. This shows people that you are not a source of germs to worry about.
I can only imagine how challenging it is for you to deal with everyday glare. Keep taking your allergy medications. Take the vaccine whenever you come across it – with your doctor’s approval, as you have allergies – and wear a sign if your supervisor allows it. This can reduce hostility.
DEAR HARITET: I want to be better at keeping in touch with people.
I got used to and visited people before COVID-19 days. This included people in my hometown when I came home for the holidays, and people in my neighborhood or from previous jobs when I was staying. I’m home all the time now. When people appear in my mind, I realize that it’s been a long time since we caught up.
Do you think it’s weird if I accidentally start calling people I haven’t talked to in a year? I don’t want to be annoyed; I just want to register. Staying alone for months and months takes me a long time. I can only imagine that this is true for some of the people I know.
RESPECTFUL REGISTRATION: It is very nice and careful to want to reconnect with people you haven’t seen or talked to in a long time. It is natural, given the limitations we have in terms of personal commitment since March last year. I imagine that people you know and are interested in would appreciate you contacting them.
What I do to be organized is to make a list of the people I care about and want to connect with. Writing down the names, I commit to follow. Checking the names, I know who I called and who I need to contact. Be creative with your list. Think of elders, community leaders, family friends, high school friends, college friends, former colleagues, and more. When you can, use technology to create an intimate relationship through video conferencing and even scheduling group chats. Make it fun and exciting. Your loved ones will appreciate it!
Harriet Cole is a lifestyle stylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative that helps people access and activate their dreams. You can send questions to email@example.com or c / o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.