This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017. If December 25 isn’t a rest day for you, or you want to be more active today, see Your 2019 To-Do List and also Need to Do Something NowRightNow to Fight Back Against [Fresh Horror]?
For your own sanity’s sake, plan periodic breaks from fighting Trump and his ilk.
With so much going on, it might be tough to convince yourself to step away and rest. But you must if you want to fight Trump and the Republicans effectively. No, really. You’ve heard people say ‘This is a marathon, not a sprint’? It’s not a bunch of yap-yap. You can’t go the distance if you don’t slow down to grab some water every now and again.
You need to sit yourself down and plan these respites, and you need to commit to them. Blocking out one day a week where you disengage from the news and from social media to do something you like–be it hiking, knitting, reading, hanging out with friends, or binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer–put it on your calendar and don’t talk yourself out of it.
If you’re having trouble giving yourself permission to take one day off a week, then let us at OTYCD tell it to you straight:
“We, your friends at the One Thing You Can Do blog, are telling you, our faithful reader, to unplug and chill out completely once a week. We are giving you formal permission to do so.”
Print it out and tape it to your mirror, or your computer monitor, or staple it to your forehead–whatever it takes to get through to you.
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