After the election of Trump, we, as a country, have been bombarded with breaking news stories that shock and concern us every single hour.
Some of my friends and family have expressed their exhaustion of this all to me.
They keep getting those breaking news updates on their phones.
It’s hard too, since the news, social media, and digital media are all so unavoidable.
My friends and I constantly keep reading these new articles.
It’s made us stressed out.
Which is understandable, because, there’s constantly something new on the news.
I mean, “the news just keeps on breaking,” thanks Greta from MSNBC, you right dog.
I told my friends, “just do some self care.”
It’s how they usually respond to my own worries too.
As a master in social work student, “self care” is a word that’s very much in my vernacular.
Burn out is high in the social work and mental health field.
We’re constantly reminded to engage in self care and to take time for ourselves.
So when my non-social work friends express their concern, what am I supposed to say?
Go engage in some self care?
Sure, that could work…but what exactly is self care?
Self care is the care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.
It’s important, it’s like re-charging your battery or giving yourself some space to just be you.
So without further ado, here’s 10 ways to self care in this age of Trump:
According to literally every behavioral science journal, sleep helps cure all maladies. It’s also a great way to hide from the news.
Yoga, surprisingly, is not just the instagrammable, hip, cool new thing to do. It’s a discipline from ancient India that helps with meditation and relaxation. It’s good for your mind and body. Maybe trying this out could help with the post-election PTSD you may be experiencing.
3. Turn off the news
No seriously, just turn off the CNN/Huffington Post/breaking news notifications on your phone. i know it’s tempting to keep it, in case you miss out on this current hour of breaking news, but trust me— the media will be talking about it later in the day as well.
4. Surround yourself with friends, family, and people you feel comfortable around.
Emphasis on “comfortable” because ain’t nobody got time for negativity in their lives.
5. Listen to the Hamilton soundtrack. Or the mixtape.
I don’t know about you, but it’s the most motivational soundtrack I’ve ever heard. (Also if you know how to get tickets, please let me know.)
6. Read a book.
Escaping into an alternate reality is always a good idea.
7. Binge watch a new TV show on Netflix or HBO Go or Hulu.
Same rule: escape into an alternate reality. A prime example is the fact that I’m currently binge-watching House of Cards and it’s pretty wonderful watching an alternate version of America.
8. If the current state of affairs is getting you down, then donate to a good cause.
ACLU, Planned Parenthood, International Rescue Committee, Amnesty international are just to name a few.
9. Volunteer and work for local grassroots campaigns to raise funds for a good cause.
10. And if you see that none of these suggestions sounds appealing, and you’re more of the go-getter anyway, then run for office.
Who better than you to make a difference than you? Seriously, it’s an option. You’re a strong, opinionated, idealistic individual who’s (hopefully) ready to create some change. So let’s get to work.
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