I have not felt healthy since Trump took office in 2016. Yup, I’m blaming him, but ultimately responsibility for my health falls on my shoulders.
I followed politicans, I subscribed to various political newsletters, and I read the horrifying headlines every single day–more than once. I pretty much wallowed in my hatred of Trump and what he was doing to this country. There were times when I woke in the middle of the night and went online to read the news. Stupid! Sometimes that made me so angry, I couldn’t get back to sleep.
My blood pressure is up, various parts of my body are bitching at me with aches and pains, and I’m just not as happy as I should be.
A change has to be made.
The first thing I’m doing is unfollowing all my news sources. Inevitably, I will see or hear what’s going on politically, but the bottom line is I can’t do a damn thing about that shit, so I refuse to seek it out. I’m handing the reins over to Biden and Harris and the other Dems and hope they can fix all the stuff Trump trashed or broke.
Following Trump’s antics became addictive. This won’t be easy, but I have to step away. I’m going to pay more attention to my physical and mental health. I have to get the BP down, exercise more, eat better, and get more sleep! All the attention and energy I gave the Republicans will now be directed at making myself feel better.
Photography will be important to improving my general state of mind; I’m never more happy or calm than when I’m in nature. I may take up writing again. I’ll certainly read a lot more.
Salem’s going to help me with this; petting an animal is soothing and lowers blood pressure, but only if you’re “present” when you do it.
I have to learn how to be present again. How to enjoy this moment and not always be looking ahead or worrying about things I can’t change.
I’ll still post pics here and write flash fics, but my time off continues when I finish writing this. I just wanted to let you know where my head was right now.
I’m turning 69 in February. Gawd, what an age, and if I want to enjoy it more fully, I must make some changes. It’s going to be hard, but I’m determined to improve my life.