Take a Break

Election season is here and it seems to be a competition on who can say the most outlandish things to garner attention. I see the outrage machine in the media on both sides calling out bad behavior for their readers to get angry about. There seems to be controversy around every corner, people keep getting angrier and angrier. With more than a year until the presidential election, thing are already ugly and likely to get worse.

It’s tempting to get caught up in all the political drama, but if you just take a step back you’ll see it for what it really is. All the tension and hatred is being drummed up by people to sell stories, get followers on social media, or to get attention for their books or other aspirations. The sky isn’t falling, the world isn’t coming to an end. Americans are still living their lives as they always have.

I noticed the other day that I’m always reading articles, or watching videos on YouTube. My brain has been occupied with other people’s thoughts and opinions. Lately I’ve been making an effort to put the phone down and engage more with my family. To pursue my goals and passions more. Spending too much time engaged in other people’s thoughts and opinions, or just mindlessly scanning the internet for something entertaining just turns you into a mindless drone. Always looking for something interesting but not finding it while ignoring your own passions and the people you love in your life.

So my very simple advice is to take a break. Take a step back from the election and political drama. Put your phone down or step away from the computer. Engage with your family and friends, pursue your passion, travel, do something! You’ll be much happier for it.