I feel like a gigantic ball of stress these days--dealing with some big league life stuff, but also feeling on edge because of all of the election nonsense. Intellectually, I know I should just unplug. What is the point of paying such close attention to all this nonsense? I know who I'm voting for. I don't anticipate that changing in the next few weeks. Maybe I just like being informed so I can hold my own when the presidential race comes up in conversation? But how often does that happen in real life? Usually, when I talk to people at school pickup or when with friends on the weekends, we talk about kids and movies and our personal memories. Not Trump. Not Clinton.
So, in the interest of taking better care of my brain and my body--because, seriously, STRESS BALL--I'm trying to find some good distractions.
EXERCISE: When I work out regularly, I feel better--both in body and mind. It's a lesson I've had to learn over and over again. Bonus: If I take care of myself now, I'll have a much better chance of surviving Trump's dystopia.
TV: Did you know there's some new TV happening right now? THERE IS! And some of it is pretty good. I have hopes for The Good Place with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. It's not quite there yet, but it has the potential to be a Community-esque group-based comedy once it finds its footing. This Is Us is the exact kind of Parenthood-y, Thirtysomething-like family drama we all need today. And my favorite (so far) of the new shows (that I've seen) is Pitch. Baseball and a grizzled Mark-Paul Gosselaar. It's what's for dinner.
BASEBALL: Speaking of baseball, the Cubs are providing a GREAT distraction right now. Though, depending on how the game goes, it can add to my stress.
OLD TV: I watched all of Gilmore Girls last year and at the beginning of this year. But, on a lark, I put on season four the other day and just kept watching. Stars Hollow makes everything better. Even though I'm trying to limit my political intake, I rewatched a few episodes of The West Wing, just to live in a happier, less-ridiculous time for a few hours.
BOOKS: I haven't read anything recently that's had me jumping up and down with glee, but that's okay. A little escapism is just fine sometimes. I'm reading a romantic fantasy right now (and I never read romantic fantasy) which is kind of fun, and I've been rereading George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, because if any place feels more screwed up than the United States right now, it's Westeros.
MUSIC: I made myself a weird playlist on Spotify that I know my husband will mock me for, but I don't care. Phil Collins and REM play well off each other, and their music makes me happy. Also, I've been singing very loudly in the car to Taylor Swift and Adele, so if anyone's looking for a karaoke buddy, I am PREPARED. (Plus, I've been listening to Hamilton. Always Hamilton.)
WALKING: People are putting out their Halloween decorations, so it's a great time to get out and stroll through the neighborhood. Also, now that Pokemon Go has added buddies to the game, walking for candies (virtual candies) makes every walk productive.
What are you doing to take care of yourself during these final weeks of the campaign?
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