Today is just sort of random but that’s what worked!
Just a few more days – For those in the US, Tuesday is Election Day. It’s been insane here. I live in a “battleground” state (that means we have a lot of electoral college votes and it’s worth their while to woo us). There have been more rallies than most states – four yesterday (all without masks and social distancing! What are these stupid people thinking?). The election has invaded peace and anything left of normal life. Everyone I know has already voted so last minute rallies don’t mean as much as they used to. This is the first year for mail in (or hand delivered) balloting. I’m hoping there isn’t more chaos afterward.
Speaking of which – This week I found out that election anxiety is a thing. As a psychiatrist explained it, I could relate. Sleeplessness, agitation sometimes accompanied with homicidal thoughts and avoidance all sounded familiar. Many people are anxious. Add in a layer of pandemic and you’ve got some major stressors.
And the answer is – I have often talked about how important routine is for me. I find it soothing. This year everything is jumbled up. I’m still struggling with what to do for Thanksgiving! (Yes I will roll with it once we get closer.) One old routine was putting on the news while I made dinner. Yikes! (See paragraph two!) I needed a new routine. We are a music-loving family. Yesterday for the first time in eons, the beloved husband put on some CDs (yes we are that old!). As soon as I heard Jimmy Buffet and his island music my body started swinging. I danced for two hours and it felt so good.
Side effects of that – Well, everything has side effects, right? New mancat Gus has not been around human dancing. They don’t have proms in the animal shelter. He looked pretty damn terrified as I sashayed around the kitchen. Eyes were big like saucers! I hadn’t consumed catnip! He couldn’t figure it out. Funniest thing ever. He told me not to quit my day job!
Something good – My Fitbit thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy and my dance routine. It rewarded me with many steps. Best thing that happened all week! (How sad is that?)
So how was your week?