I’m posting about this topic for a selfish reason, but it is helpful to everyone. Whenever the news gets heavy I just need a break. I need a break from the TV media and social media. Everyone suddenly feels the need to “wax poetically” about the topic at hand. I have bad news burnout.
What is too heavy for me, might be just fine for you. For me, a black person is killed by a police officer unjustly. When said police offer gets off although the evidence is blatant. A presidential election becomes a total shit show. A bunch of white supremacists take over a town with Polynesian tiki torches and someone drives into a crowd and kills someone. When 45 gets on TV and puts blame on said victims or signs us up for war with North Korea. I check out…
I believe in being informed and I will have these conversations within a safe space, ie. my home. I don’t need to discuss it on social media or prove why I feel the way I feel. NOPE! I also don’t need to dump all of this negativity into my system around the clock. I tend to run to Instagram because it’s a carefree kind of platform, no dissertations are stored here.
If you feel the same way then here are five ways I clear my head.
#1 TV: For me, that includes binge-watching something on Netflix and getting caught up on my DVR.
#2 Crafts: my latest and greatest project was the shared home office. While the kids are on vacation I’m doing some work in LittleCuteLips room. I’ve got to get her closet and toy situation together.
#3 Laugh: It does wonders for the soul. Just being silly with my girls, Babe, the kids and or the family. Tonight I got out and laughed for hours and damn it, it felt good. So good, the photographer caught me.
#4 Exercise: For me, that usually means walking, because of step wars. Babe and I recently walked to check out the latest Ben’s Chili Bowl mural. I hadn’t had a chance to see it in person. We strolled the streets, chatting and taking in the scene.
#5 Eat: Go out to dinner, invite folks over, try out a new recipe you’ve been wanting to make. My cousins and I were long overdue a girl’s night in. For us, that means Sangria, fried chicken, and laughter.
#6 Write/Read: I just started journaling so that is a great way for me to be creative and express my thoughts. Listen to a new audio book or crack the spine on a book you hadn’t made time to read. A trashy novel would be a good one or getting caught up on past MimiCuteLips reads you’ve missed.
#7 Retail Therapy: I love to buy things, I love to see packages delivered at my door. Yes hello Amazon Prime, Target, H&M or your favorite small business.
#8 Outdoor Adventure: Get outside and take in some fresh air.
#9 Take in a Show: Festival, Concert, Extreme Sport, Professional Games…
#10 Bein the Moment: What ever that moment is for you and then snap a picture.