You don’t need me to tell you that I’m weary of election coverage and I am ready for Tuesday to get here and Wednesday to get here and for my nerves to relax in the comfort of knowing our country is stable and in good hands. But if you’re looking for things to do to help calm your nerves today and tomorrow, or just to distract you for a little while, here are some suggestions:
- Play a fun and/or mindless new game on your phone. I’m really into Disney Magic Kingdoms right now, but it’s also a great time to start working your way through Plants v. Zombies 2 or Monument Valley. You can zone out and focus on the pretty colors with Frozen Free Fall, Two Dots or Dots & Co.
- Read a mid grade book. I love mid grade books for a lot of reasons, but they are perfect for an time like this: they are often short, quick reads and they give me warm fuzzy hopeful feelings. My top pick this year is Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Or reread a classic you remember loving: it was so pleasing to reread Island of the Blue Dolphins and Bridge to Terabithia this year.
- Watch Saturday Night Live from the last few weeks. Let Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon highlight the ridiculousness of this election. Especially this clip from this past weekend.
- Binge a feel good TV show. I plan on starting The Crown on Netflix. Or rewatch of The West Wing, or Arrested Development.
- Spend some time researching and thinking about your downticket ballot. You likely have already decided on your presidential candidate. But there are a lot of local races that will impact your life in a more immediate way, like school board.
- Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Look at the leaves. Put something like Leslie Odum Jr. in your ears while you’re out there.