Self Care Day; "I'm So Sick of Hearing About Politics" Version

Hello, everyone, and happy February. 
I know I've already done a self care day post a little while ago, but this one is different, because its purpose and target are specific. Today, in light of recent political events, I have designed a self care day specifically for escaping the never ending vortex of politics, news, and social media.

It is important to be informed about what is going on around you. It's important to watch the news, pay attention to current events, and if something that happens upsets you, find a way to make your voice heard. Whether it's calling your representative, signing a petition, or writing a letter, it is CRUCIAL to stand up for what you believe in.

But sometimes, the news can be completely and utterly exhausting to watch. It becomes toxic, and eventually, you start to feel like there is too much going on in the world and you can't do anything about it. You become stressed and scared, feeling like every petition you sign and letter you send and sign you make is a waste of time. What I'm describing is a recent occurrence I experienced while watching the news this morning. I became overwhelmed, and soon realized I needed to step away from the world of politics and news for a bit to remind myself that I am important and what I stand up for is important. I also needed to remind myself that I cannot solve all of the world's problems. I just can't. Can I help? Absolutely. But I cannot do it all on my own. So here's a little day's worth of activities you can do to step away from the world, give yourself a break, and remind yourself that what you believe in is important, and so is standing up for it.

Self-Care Day Schedule

1. Step away from all social media and news networks. Delete the apps for the day. Truly focus on making this day healthy and happy.

2. Do a meditation. Start your day off on the right foot by calming yourself down and easing your mind and conscience.

3. Find a piece of paper or a journal, and write down a list of all the things you've seen in the news recently, or not recently, that just break your heart. Leave a little space in between each one for #3.

4. In the spaces you left in between each event, write down ways to contribute to solving these problems. Here's a starter list:

  • attend a protest, if there's one near you
  • write a letter to your representative, Congress, or the President explaining your concerns
  • Sign an online petition
  • call your local representative or Congress with your concerns
  • start a blog  dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue
5. Look at the list. Know that you have the power to do each and every one of those things. Feel empowered by that. Find strength in that. Know that just by writing down ways to help, you're already on your way to making a difference. Feel satisfied with your efforts.

6. Now step back from the list. Put it away, and do something you like doing. It can be a hobby, just taking a walk, exercising, anything. Just leave the room that the list is in, and go do that thing for an hour or so.

7. Treat yourself to your favorite food or a new lipstick or something

8. Come back to the room with the list. Look at it again. Decide which issue is the most important, or the most pressing, and make a plan to start fighting for it. Set a specific day to make your sign, or write your letter, or make some calls. Put it in your planner, on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, or as a reminder on your phone. Try to make the day within one week of the day you wrote the list, so you don't forget about it.

9. Start making stuff happen. You got this, babe.

Love, Hannah


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