The #1 Thing That Gets Me Through Difficult Days

My coping mechanism in trying times.

I remember the first few hours after my mother took her last breath.

I also remember the first few days. Then the first few months.

Constant sadness pulsing in the back of my head. Grief somehow became a part of me I can’t really shake off.

I remember the fear.

The beautiful woman lying with her eyes closed so peacefully inside the casket had been my rock, my safe haven for years. The first person I ran to when I need advice or just someone to talk to. She was not just my mother, she was my best friend and my confidante, someone I can talk to freely about absolutely anything and everything under the sun.

And she was gone.

Oh, the fear.

And now it’s back again.

The pulsating anxiety for the uncertainty of tomorrow, sorrow for the thousands of lives lost.

Many of us are now living in fear of an enemy we cannot see with our naked eyes.

And I am being transported into my anxious days, when I didn’t know how I would go on without my mother.

I had found my coping mechanism back then.


As odd as it sounds, humour has kept me sane through the most challenging times in my life.

More than a good coping mechanism, laughing has been scientifically proven to have many benefits for health. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and most importantly, is a great immune booster.

In times when our survival highly depends on our immune system, it is important to make sure we get our daily dose of laughter.

To make sure we all stay healthy in times of isolation, I have put together a list of my favourite Medium humour writers and their one piece that cracks me up and makes my day. Hopefully they brighten your day like they have brighten mine:

  • Roy — the friendly skeleton who will tickle your funny bones

To those of you who have to temporarily homeschool your children, here’s a little something from Roy:

  • Kyrie Gray — this awesome lady will rock your belly with her illustrations

Ever wonder what it would be like if social media exists during bubonic plague? Wonder no more:

  • Mo Solo — the Academic Advisor/Humorist Wannabe (as defined by the author herself)

Sometimes, what you need is not a morning ritual to increase your productivity but rather:

Parents who need good quality fairytales for their children, look no more!

In case you’re wondering if that child who just fell on his face in the playground is really okay…

There are still many more funny writers here in Medium which never fail to make me laugh. I just cannot remember everyone on top of my head because a) I’m a goldfish and b) my brain is currently in a mush due to an information overload.

Who’s your favourite Medium funny personalities?

Let’s share in the comment below. We can all use a good laugh these days…

Pablo Pereyra Lindsay Lonai Linegar Jack Herlocker Michelle Monet Alan Asnen Robin Klammer Nicole Henley P.G. Barnett Megan Tee Rose Mary Griffith Holly Catherine Bebe Nicholson Charlene Fate D Abboh Jesse Wilson Kat of Magik Lynne Nardizzi Beth Bruno Tre L. Loadholt Samantha Lazar Old Quasimodo Darcy Reeder Gillian Sisley Jessica Lovejoy Adam, Diabetic Cyborg James Knight Don Feazelle Sylvia Wohlfarth Dennett Erik Smith Eric Brown Christyl Rivers, Phd. JC Cullum Rebecca Warrington Beth Stormont Lucy King

Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at

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