Actor and comedian Jim Breuer might be emerging as a welcome voice of serenity during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Breuer has been using the stay-home order to focus on being a dad. He told Q104.3 New York's Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein Monday morning that he only worries about what he can control, and he avoids consuming too much news.
"Well, I feel guilty saying it, but I'm really enjoying this time," Breuer said. "I've never been so calm. I've been walking a lot. I've been outside a lot. But you know me, I don't watch the news. I don't get caught up in the wackiness. Whatever comes, comes. What're you gonna do? It's a nice little rattle call if you ask me."
Breuer clarified that he wishes people weren't suffering, but he's thankful his family is safe so far.
Officials at all levels of government and professionals in all facets of the medical community have expressed concern over the psychological toll social distancing and the resulting isolation can take on people.
"The biggest killer in life is fear and anxiety," Breuer continued. "Don't ever underestimate what fear and anxiety can do to your health system, to your mind, to your body. People around you see how you react to it. I avoid all outlets that push fear and anxiety on us all."
Breuer added that the pandemic is also an opportunity for people to recalibrate "what you need in life." He's passing some of the time in quarantine podcasting with his teen daughter Gabby. You can hear the latest Jim Breuer Podcast here.
"If you can't find laughter and healing in that, we're all going to be in bad trouble," he concluded.
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