by Bob Sparrow
“News may be sign of depression”
Early last week, I got my cup of coffee and sat down with the morning paper; yes, they still publish a morning paper and I still read it . . . every morning. Although I must admit, it’s getting harder and harder to read. Not that my reading skills have diminished . . . that much, but rather the content seems to get more and more depressing every day. I typically start my morning, in beautiful southern California with a pretty good attitude, but I’m finding that reading the morning paper can change all that.
Of course, it really doesn’t matter where you get your news, online, TV, newspaper, radio, or the neighborhood hairstylist, it’s mostly the same, bad. I like what comedian, Demetri Martin had to say on the subject. He said, “Instead of calling it ‘News’, why don’t they just call it ‘What’s Wrong’”(If you’ve never heard of Demetri Martin, look him up online, he’s pretty funny).
Just in case you missed it, here’s a short summary of last week’s edition of ‘What’s Wrong’:
- Tension mounting between Russia and the U.S. over Ukraine
- National debt tops $30 trillion milestone
- Politicians busy ‘redistricting’
- China . . . (fill in the blank)
- Death Row ponders ‘Open Door’ policy
- Hate Crime up 71%
- Various political stories on:
- Biden’s lost it
- Trump’s an ass
- Vaccines are good, Covid down. Vaccines are bad, Covid up.
- Test tampering at the Olympics
As I’m sure you know, I could go on . . . and on . . . and on, but you’re depressed enough already. So, we here at From a Birdseye View are not going to write about depressing stuff unless we have some solutions.
Here’s two ideas for taking the place of that ‘daily depressor’:
- The Squirrel News
Here, in their own words is what they sell:
Are you also frustrated by the fact that mainstream news consists almost entirely of conflicts, scandals, wars and disasters?
Then you’ve come to the right place. At Squirrel News, we provide you with the solution-oriented stories and articles which are otherwise neglected: stories covering original ideas, innovative approaches, and solutions to the social challenges we face.
Who publishes The Squirrel News you ask? It comes out of Berlin, Germany. Yes, the same people that brought us the Nazis, World War II and the Holocaust, now, seem to be looking at the bright side of things.
Here’s their url: https://squirrel-news.net/newsletter/ Its’ free
- Morning Brew
Also online, Morning Brew calls themselves a ‘business newsletter’, but they consider everything somebody’s business, and they do it in a light, humorous way. There’s also always a game, a test or some other interactive activity.
Here’s their url: morningbrew.com/daily/r/?kid=89915299 It’s free
OK, we’ve taken care of the mental side of things, now let’s look at the physical. As fitness guru, Nancy Sinatra said in the song, These Boots Were Made for Walkin, “Start walking!” Again, we here at From A Birdseye View, are just here to help, so here’s what the experts have to say about just taking a daily walk.
The New York Times recently stated that “walking just 10 minutes a day leads to a longer life” (So, walk only if you want to live longer). Helen Dennis, nationally recognized expert on aging, suggests the following ways to get in that daily10-minute walk (with a few of my edits):
- Walk with a friend or a dog (or a friend’s dog)
- Make it a meditation walk, focusing on what you see, smell, observe or hear and or just focus on your breathing
- Explore your neighborhood as though it were a first-time visit
- Note the number of different trees and flowers
- Think about being grateful for something . . . anything!
In summary, less ‘what’s wrong’, more ‘let’s walk’.