How to survive the era of Trump
On January 20, 2017, the day Trump was sworn in to become the 45th President of the United States, at least half the country held their breath in anticipation of what his first few weeks would be like. Would he keep all the outlandish campaign promises he made?
We didn’t have to wait long to find out the validity of his campaign claims. Many of his promises already came true, and then some.
In the first few weeks since Trump took office, we witnessed an onslaught of civil liberties threatened, a complete and unprecedented re-shuffling of major offices of Government, and a President who makes up in ego what he lacks in IQ.
Last week, I wrote an “Open Letter from an Iraqi-American, child of immigrants, proud American”. While many people protested the unfairness of the immigration ban among other issues, my anger turned to meloncholy as I started to feel the psychological and physical effects of the Trump era, which I will now call “Trumpitis”.
What is “Trumpitis” you might ask?
“Trumpitis” is disease that infects you slowly but oh so deeply. First it starts in your stomach. The abdominal pain begins, and your blood pressure rises. Next your palms turn sweaty and a migraine of all migraines drives a truck straight through your forehead.
I didn’t realize that I had come down with this disease until a few days ago, when I found myself sick for the first time in years. And I was not the only one. It turns out many others have also been coincidently sick since Trump took office. To validate these claims, many fitbit report elevated blood pressures and pulse rates since the date of January 20, 2017.
This disease is real, and unfortunately has at least a 4 year cycle or until the world finds an antidote.
In the midst of this emotional and physical downturn yesterday after being struck with Trumpitis, I heard Victor Frankl’s voice speak to me: “You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel”.
Very true Victor Frankl, very true. So I’ve decided to come up with some survival tips for surviving Trumpitis.
Top 10 survival tips for surviving Trumpitis:
This ancient alternative Chinese medicine works wonders and can help with stress, insomnia, and blood pressure.
2. Riding your bike
While I love a number of different workouts, biking is a great way to figuratively and literally cycle your way out of your present state, and release those feel good endorphins.
3. Watching SNL, Trevor Noah, Aziz Ansari
These days, there are a few things that have interrupted my trance of reading news stories and that is Trevor Noah, Aziz Ansari and anything on SNL.
4. Buying a pet
We need as many endorphins as we can get. If you have a dog or cat, great. If you don’t, now might be a time to adopt one. Or borrow one. Can someone please let me borrow their dog for 4 years? ( Full disclosure: I would prefer those really furry small ones that don’t bark a lot).
5. Read sci-fi books like Ready Player One or Virtual Reality
Get lost and distracted in an alternate universe. Forget reality. Live in another one.
6. Rhythms Dance Class / Ecstatic Dance Class
Dance your ass off for two hours straight with a room of strangers. Let go of all your worries and cares. Remind yourself that dancing is a way to let go of your emotional baggage. Get jiggy with it.
Downward dog your way back into your state of consciousness. Remind yourself who you are, and that life is what you make of it. Feel yourself in your body and reconnect with those overly taught calf muscles.
Listen to Headspace, Tara Brach, or sign up for Transcendental Meditation. Whatever makes you sit for an extended period of time to turn inward is worth it.
9. Invest in a massage chair
Massages are known to reduce stress and pain in the body. If you can’t afford a massage chair, buy a foam roller. They work wonders.
10. Take a shower, call your mother
Nothing releases oxytocin more than hearing the sound of your mother’s voice on the phone. When all options are exhausted and you still have Trumpitis, take a hot shower, and call your mother.
If you follow these tips for surviving Trumpitis, you might fare better than I did in the last week and in the years ahead. Good luck.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your tips for getting through the era of Trump?
- *P.S. Don’t forget to call your Senators!
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