Tuesday, June 15, 2021

177 Million Cases and Stress Relief


Yikes! The world can boast a Covid caseload that has already reached 177 million. 

Malaysia deserves special mention though because it is still on an upward trajectory. We've gone up another rung and we're now #38 in the world for the most number of infections. 

I read today that there’s this 53-year-old American guy who urgently needed to relieve his stress during the time of the pandemic, nationwide protests, and a tumultuous election year. 

One year and three days ago, Chicago bus driver Dan O'Connor (pic) decided to dive into Lake Michigan at Montrose Harbor. And then he jumped in again the following day. And the next.


Saturday marked his 365th straight day practicing a stress therapy that seemingly worked for him. Mind you, he did it even during winter – where he had to hack a hole in the ice on the frozen lake that was big enough for him to jump through.

[Warning to bold divers who want to follow O'Connor’s lead: Diving into freezing water can cause a “cold shock” or unwilling gasping and hyperventilation, which can even lead to drowning. Life jacket is recommended]. 

Anyway, this worked for him – and that’s fine.

Stress is the body’s response to a challenge or demand. Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. And when we get stressed, we must endeavor to not get ourselves into a depressive state because it is said to be unhealthy. 

For me, it’s easy enough to ease any stress I may endure. I just need to drink ice-cold Coke or quaff chilled beer or have a nice curried rice meal or listen to death metal at full blast. That’ll reduce, if not eliminate any stress that’s been building up inside of me.

I’m sure we all have our own ways to de-stress – and that’s good because to each their own.

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