How I'm dealing with my Trump induced stress
I'm a pretty cool customer. Not a lot bugs me but like any person I prone to anxiety and stress. The cause of almost all my stress these days is the president. It's forcing me to evaluate how I manage my stress and anxiety. Here are some ways I'm trying to deal with it.
- •Turned off notificationsI have the USA Today and Tennessean (my local paper in Nashville) apps on my phone. I turned off the notifications so that I'm not barraged with constant updates about all the stressful news.
- •Deleted Facebook off my phone and iPadI originally moved it to a folder but then deleted it all together. For a site everyone belongs to I've never heard someone say they love Facebook. I only really use it for a wrestling group I'm in but it's still easy to get down a rabbit hole of stress inducing content.
- •Moved Twitter to a folderHonestly will probably end up deleting this one too. Drew Magary wrote a couple weeks ago that Twitter should die. I agree.
- •Started exercisingMy family signed up for the Y. I'm trying to exercise more and when I do I feel better.
- •TalkingI know text or call my wife when I feel anxious. Saying what's bothering me really helps. I've also started talking to my coworkers too. When I'm open about my anxieties I feel better.
- •Less TVAside from wrestling and my current Seinfeld binge, the tv stays off.
- •More podcastsI enjoy them. I'm selective about the episodes I'll listen to that could be a trigger to me. But my old favorites like We Watch Wrestling and Judge John Hodgman really help distract and destress me.
- •Reading way moreI'm trying to see how many books I can read in 2017.
- •BaseballThis year I'm following the Boston Red Sox closer than I have since probably high school and their first World Series (in 86 years). I signed up for the Boston Globe for two reasons: to support independent journalism and follow the Sox. Mostly the second one though.
- •Playing more video gamesThis falls into the category of consuming media that isn't a trigger and that I enjoy.
- •Eating betterEating crap makes you feel like crap. Feel like crap makes me more likely to be anxious.
- •Enjoying the little thingsI have an infant baby. A new house with lots of little projects. Two great dogs. A good job with good people. I'm trying to really be mindful of those things and making sure I make the most of them.
- •JournalingI haven't started this yet but I think like talking it will help. But I'm an idiot and I need to find the "perfect" app.
- •Sleeping more or enoughI'm not trying to sleep through the bad news. I find I get anxious towards the end of the day when I'm tired. Need to make sure I'm getting enough good sleep.
- •I hope this helpsI hope anyone who finds this list can find something that helps. If you have something that's worked for you please let me know.