For pretty much my entire adult working life I have had the same morning routine.
Wake up. Make coffee. Turn on the local news. Read the newspaper. Watch The Today Show. Go to work.
As the pandemic has dragged on, I started to adjust his a little. Coffee is a constant. The newspaper is still a constant, though I sometimes pick and choose what stories I read in detail now. Some days I spend more time on the comics than I do the rest of the paper.
I stopped my daily viewing of Today mid-pandemic. There was only so much news I could take.
I just recently started turning off the local news after the weather. I could get the weather from an app(and I do) but I still like to see what the local person has to say. Every other story is pandemic related. I just can’t deal with that right now.
So, here has been my new routine of late:
Wake up. Make coffee. Read the newspaper. Watch the local news until the weather. Turn the channel to the stations showing old shows. Watch The Partridge Family. Watch Gilligan’s Island. Go to work.
If I am working from home and need TV noise in the background I might turn back to Today for the more human interest type stories, but a lot of those are also pandemic related.
Trading news for nostalgia has helped my stress and anxiety levels.