Surely you have been there before. Your last nerve just snapped; additionally, what little bit of patience you had, is now just a vapor. Amazingly enough you are still here and reading this dribble — so let’s continue with some things that I do when I have just had enough.
In the spirit of contradicting my own self as I did in my previous blog (see below my tip for Turning off Notifications), I will start off with a useful notification. I have a Series 3 Apple Watch and these things are quite magical. The watch seemingly knows when I am stressed or anxious. It can also seemingly sense when I am in my depressed state, which I will go into later what that means. If you have one of these watches, then you likely have experienced the same. You feel the slight haptics on your wrist. Looking at the watch face, you find that Apple is telling me it is time to breathe.
A notification from the Breathe app is not triggered by stress, according to Apple. However, at least in my case, it sure seem coincidental that every time I am stressed or battling through anxiety, I am reminded by Apple to breathe.
Turn off Notifications
Notifications can be helpful, as I wrote about above; however they typically cause more anxiety than they are worth. As an example, you are having a somewhat decent day and up pops a notification on your phone. The notification is from a news media organization with a clickbait grabbing title. Before you realize it, your finger has pressed on the notification, and then your blood pressure starts to rise. Shortly after, your anxiety has skyrocketed through the roof.
I am not sure about other brands of smart phones, however with the iPhone, there are settings which will allow only certain notifications to come through. For example, only notifications of text messages from loved ones. Time periods can also be setup where zero notifications are delivered. So if you have simply had enough with decisive politics, turn off those notifications. Better yet, remove the news media application from your smart device.
Trust Me, It is OK to Say NO
As I have mused about before on this site, my life’s goal is to make people happy. So for most of my life I have been a “Yes Man”. But you know what? Saying Yes may be a bad thing for ones mental stability. So it is perfectly fine to tell someone, “No, I cannot do that” or “No, I cannot help with that”. No is not a bad word. On the contrary, it is a truthful word, especially if you literally have zero time left in your day to take on this additional task —whatever it is.
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