I’ve been watching the news quite a bit recently.
I’d like to chalk it up to “I can’t help it,” but I know better than that.
Is it a surprise that I’m feeling somewhat “down” because I’m watching the news more?
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping up on current events.
I like to be informed and I think it’s wise to be informed.
But do we really need to be checking the news 10 times a day? Definitely not.
Checking the news once, twice max is well within the bounds of being completely informed.
So then why do we do this? Why am I doing this?
Because frankly I think that often times when our lives are somewhat “stationary” we look for trouble.
Do something better
Sometimes we fall into ruts where our lives feel identical one day after the other.
Especially now in the time of a pandemic, with less options to do stuff, it’s like we’re living a real life Groundhog Day movie.
Every single day seems the same. Over and over and over again.
When this happens we tend to try and “drum up” trouble.
It’s like we’re intentionally seeking out something to worry about to make our lives more interesting.
It’s like we’re forcing ourselves to “do” something.
But in reality we’re not “doing” anything. We’re just worrying, and worrying feels like doing.
It can be a vicious cycle.
When you get into these “trouble seeking” ruts, it’s best to set parameters.
In my case, stop checking the news.
Perhaps every time I feel the urge to watch the news I should go play the piano, or do push ups, or eat a vegetable.
Instead of doing something falsely productive, do something that’s actually beneficial to your mind and body.
I know that this is all easier said than done, but the only way to get out of a rut is to actually do something, it’s not to think something.
Need to get out of a rut? DM me.