I’m taking a break from politics this week.
I know: you’re thrilled. Don’t get too comfortable – I’m sure I’ll be angry again next week. But if I’m going to survive four years, I have to occasionally take a break and do some self-care. If you are also overwhelmed by politics, here are some of the things that have made me feel better this week. Maybe they’ll work for you too.
- Watch some feel-good TV. Personally, I recommend One Day at a Time on Netflix, which has this little bonus: feminist activist Elena Alvarez is always up in arms about something. Let her be angry for you. (Or you can shake your head and wonder why she’s always angry, like her grandmother does; that’s your choice.)
- Spend time with people who agree with you. I’m not saying you should exclusively spend time with people who agree with you, but sometimes it’s nice to be with people knowing you aren’t one comment away from a “fight or flight” response.
- Watch for the helpers. This story from New York City made me happy. This AirBNB Super Bowl commercial was the highlight of my night. There are people doing good in this world right now. Let them give you some hope.
- BE a helper. Protests are important and there are some big problems in the world you probably want to solve Right Now. But these can be overwhelming, so take a break and do something small. Give a couple dollars to a cause you believe in. (If you need suggestions, I got you.) Don’t have any money? Some celebrities and organizations will give you opportunities to tweet or click in support of something and they’ll donate on your behalf. The best way to find them is to follow people who share your values and concerns on social media. You can even tweet your own idea and see if anyone picks it up, like this BRILLIANT woman‘s idea to pay off kids’ school lunch balances. Every action you take doesn’t have to be huge and world-changing. Doing a little something can help you feel better and help somebody else.
- Do things that make YOU happy. Read a book. Watch a movie. Spend time with someone you love. Go on a trip. Unplug for a little while. Don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You’re important too.