Losing our sense of control during the pandemic

There are ways to mitigate that helpless feeling brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

(CNN)On a recent trip to the supermarket, I was trying and failing miserably to open a plastic bag to tuck my broccoli into -- without licking my fingers for some much-needed traction because, well, pandemic -- when I nearly lost it.

My frustration only increased when all the huffing and puffing at the useless attempts to function as a normal human being caused my glasses to fog up and I could no longer see the bag I was trying to open. It was all I could do to hold it together so that I didn't chuck the head of broccoli clear across the produce section and scream and run into the abyss.
Cue Janet Jackson's 1986 hit "Control." "It's all about control," she sings just before the beat drops, "and I've got lots of it."
    We all may have had more control in 1986 than we seem to have these days. (Or maybe you're singing the 2016 Russ hit, "Losin Control." That's OK, too.)