I envy you having both the mountains and the sea within reach. That sounds like an excellent way to escape unquiet thoughts.
In answer to your question, I’m definitely in the put-it-down-right-away category. I hesitate to comment on US politics* but after the result of the EU Referendum in the UK came in I found myself writing a whole lot of as-it-happened observations, which I never published. This helped clear my mind. However, as you say, it’s finding what best works for you.
*However, there’s increasing concern that Brexit seems to be ‘enabling’ Trump (and vice versa) which has made the US election more directly relevant here than might have normally been the case.