I don’t enjoy this time of year. I’ll likely elaborate on my holiday melancholy next week, with a Christmas-themed post. Lack of December daylight doesn’t help, and neither does 50 degree, Seattle-type weather. Sometimes it takes effort to ward off the gloom.
Compounding the holiday humbug I’m feeling, the news—especially the binary back-and-forth among people of good cheer this political cycle—it seems downright maniacal. In fact, if I believed in evil in the “principalities and powers” sense outlined in scripture, I might assign it to the work of the dark one.
Despite decorations, demonic spirits masquerading as politicians, and winter darkness, nothing can stop the JBE from cranking out content—whether writing for hire, or remaining true to his Tuesday/Friday blogging routine.
Sometimes when things aren’t working, it’s important to change it up. Nothing worse than maintaining routines that deliver negative results.
Beginning last Friday, I decided to limit my news consumption. Other than 5 minutes with the morning news team at WMTW-8, mainly for my daily weather fix, I’ve been in the midst of a news blackout. Dr. Andrew Weil deems these self-imposed withdrawals, “news fasts.”
In the same way that studies tell us that occasional abstaining from food for a time delivers health benefits, there is bound to be value in abstaining from the constant carnage and white noise of the news cycle, as well as the fear and outrage it engenders in many.
Weil and others advise taking a few days—even up to a week—and tuning out news entirely. Weil especially, advises that you’ll experience a change when you do this, such as noting “a difference in your state of mind and body.” He also states that you’re probably going to be “less anxious, less stressed, less angry, and less fearful.”
I admit that listening to music instead of talk radio has been a nice change. Not reading the usual news sites has also offered respite from the usual agitation that crisis-mongering tends to produce in me. I’ve also been working at padding my yearly reading list with a book or two before New Years Eve.
Wondering what other things I could change up?