I remember South Park once parodied one of the kid's mom being glued to the television for days after September 11th. She was laying on the couch watching 24 hour news for days - you just couldn't stop watching the coverage. Hurricane Katrina had a similar impact, I know I watched A LOT of cable news. I didn't want to miss any updates of what was turning into Mad Max coming to life in Louisiana. For the last few months, I found myself, once again, glued to current events but this time it was mostly on the internet.
As I have gotten more involved in politics and activism, the amount of information out there can be so overwhelming. The number of local Facebook groups that I have joined is ridiculous. But like all things, too much of something can wear you down. Keeping up with politics is no different, especially if so much of it is upsetting. 45 is signing Executive Orders faster than I can find out what they actually are about. There was one day where my crazy busy brain just messed me up and I became really upset. "Defeated" is a better word, my stomach remained in knots. It sucked. I can't keep feeling this way, do I throw in the towel? As luck would have it, I read Depressed by Politics? Just let it go, it was perfect timing. Yes, it was starting to depress me and I don't need that in my life.
I'm learning how to manage the amount of time I spend keeping up-to-date with the news. My Pro-Wrestling podcast listening has been neglected because of this stupid President lol! It's okay to check in on Facebook and other groups once a day. I don't have to read the NY Times and Politico every single day (sometimes checking more than once). I spend time on Netflix and Amazon looking for something new to watch, it usually involves Bigfoot. I think this is another reason I started up yoga again - besides the physical benefits, it's an hour and 15 minutes twice a week where I am not thinking about any of those things and it's just me treating myself to something awesome.