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November 4, 2020
NPR this morning
  1. I am not going to speculate on a winner; will leave that to the experts.

2. I am not going to let this stressful moment in time ruin the good momentum I have been generating in my life lately

3. I am not going to obsessively research moving to other countries (I did that for quite some time in 2016)

4. I am going to stick to my reasonable limits of media consumption

5. I am going to focus on this call week (yesterday was good; I even got a call at 2 am from the ED that was a little rough but handled it with relative grace)

6. I am going to take advantage of a more flexible start to my day today (we have to round, but not too many pts to see) and sneak in a run before driving to work, for my mental health benefit.

7. I am going to go back to reading fiction rather than clicking on CNN.

8. I am going to try to get good sleep tonight and generally take take of myself (stayed up way too late last night, stress-ate junk while watching returns, etc – actually kind of fine/fun for one night, but not going to be new established pattern)

9. I am going to remain hopeful and calm (but not obsessive)

10. If I do succumb to stress shopping, I will make it something like stickers rather than an apple watch.

11 (bonus). I am also not going to stress about TS Eta.



  • Reply Gillian November 4, 2020 at 7:05 am

    I decided a couple of weeks ago to take today as a personal retreat. I am going to take the whole day to focus on this year’s wins (for me personally) and start planning to for 2021. I am starting the day with a run and a non-political podcast, making a few appointments that have been on my to-do-list for a couple of weeks and then sitting down without interruptions to reflect. I am hoping this will help me stay focused on those things I can do to maintain my forward momentum, even in uncertainty.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 4, 2020 at 7:19 am

      that sounds perfect. I love planning days!!!

  • Reply CBS November 4, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Ugh, woke up at 6am UK time and have been obsessively checking the news since and I need to log off. It doesn’t look like we’re going to find out much more today. Going to take some inspiration from this list and stop doom scrolling, download a new audiobook and go for a walk before trying to tackle a grant application

  • Reply Chelsea November 4, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Have you seen this Democracy Doodle by Mo Willems and the Kennedy Center from yesterday?

    My kids loved doing it, and I feel like I might go back and watch it as needed throughout the day. Very soothing.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns November 4, 2020 at 8:44 am

    I am inundated by news and updates in my job since the financial markets are impacted by the outcome of the election. So I’ve been living and breathing election stuff for months and it will continue until we have a final answer on who won. I stayed up later than usual watching results and did not sleep well last night. I thought America was better than this. I just can’t believe how many people are voting for a man who is so vile and divisive – and who has handled this pandemic so horribly. In 2016 I thought – wow, America is more sexist than I thought it was. I chalked Clinton’s loss up to sexism. But if Biden loses, you can’t blame it on sexism or emails or any number of things you could point to in 2016.

  • Reply Kristie November 4, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Just what I needed to hear this morning! I only watched for an hour last night, and I read a few articles this morning. My worrying won’t affect the outcome today. Like you, I’ve been avoiding social media this month, and it has been so refreshing. Keep the positivity coming!

  • Reply Donna November 4, 2020 at 9:40 am

    This pledge is great! I stayed up way too late last night and ate junk too. I don’t want this to be my goto. I want peace and calm and the only way I’m going to get it is to take it for myself. So I agree to the self care and the staying away from the news and reading a good fiction story! I have done all I can do so…Self care and calm for the win!

  • Reply Eva November 4, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Woke up at 5:30am after a terrible nightmare about rising sea levels wiping away the north of Belgium (where I am from) and the west of the Netherlands (where I lived and still work part-time). Anxiously checking the news here.

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