I have had to compose a list of ways to cope with Trump-itus. Everywhere seems to be infected with it. I've been timing how long I can listen to NPR before his name is mentioned. It's usually less that 10 minutes! Any news related to him gives me an involuntary visceral reaction; my stomach twists and my chest does this muscle tensing thing that I'm sure is bad for my health. None of it is good, and therefore, I present my list of "Ways to Survive Election Season":
- Radio Silence Weekend. Starting Friday night, I do not listen to the radio, watch or read the news. Complete radio silence. This is really effective, because it gives me enough of a break to face Monday again.
- Watch political satires. Laughing at the situation relieves tension. Stephen Colbert is always favorite.
- Get involved with refugee efforts. Give to charity, give your time, get involved with things like World Refugee Day. Not only will you feel a little less stress about the anti-immigrant nonsense coming from the Trump carnival, you will meet interesting people from all around the world who probably feel like you do.
- Yoga. Of course I believe yoga could solve huge amounts of the world's problems, and I can attest to its personal healing capabilities. I am almost certain Donald Trump could not practice yoga - not just the bendy parts, but the quiet meditation. He doesn't strike me as someone capable of much self reflection or quiet pondering.
- Indulge in some Trudeau-gazing. Good grief that man.
- Watch foreign films. They provide a mini escape from American politics. And you can be sure Donald Trump hasn't seen it.
- Enjoy summer! Enjoy summertime like there is no election in the fall! Spend time outside in the garden, leave your windows open at night to hear the crickets.
- Watch this a few times:
- I hope this list is helpful to you, because no kidding, we are in this together.