5 Helpful Distractions

It is election day here in the United States and the contentious presidential race is all over the media. Today, I’ve promised myself the following five distractions as a way to focus and stay positive:

  1. Read a book. I’ve got a novel and two non-fiction books going at the moment, so I’ve got plenty of reading to occupy my time.
  2. Turn off notifications. I turned off all news alerts on my phone, tablet, and computer so that I focus on whatever work is in front of me, rather than seeing yet another news story about how we won’t know the results of the election tonight.
  3. Limit time on social media. Personally, I’m trying to stay off of Facebook as much as possible today. I’ve probably spent 10 minutes total – once to post my daily NaNoWriMo word count and twice to check out links sent to me by friends – one for a new Diamine ink, and another for an upcoming event. If I do go onto Facebook tonight, I’ll set a timer.
  4. Spend time with someone you love. For me, it was a 30-minute Zoom chat with my step-grandchildren.
  5. Watch a foreign-language movie. I have not watched the second season of My Brilliant Friend; I plan to start that tonight. If you read subtitles, you cannot search the news on your tablet or phone at the same time. Watching a foreign-language movie or show requires you to be present; if it is a good show, it will transport you.

The results of the election will not be clear for at least a few days, if not longer, so I may need to repeat these distractions.

What are you doing to stay distracted?

3 thoughts on “5 Helpful Distractions

  1. Debra says:

    Knitting and watching a Hallmark movie. Short break for carrot cake. Back to knitting!

  2. Ilona Kokones says:

    I love the plans you are making. Most of all, I love that you are writing!

    Sent from my iPad

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