Do you remember #PokemonGo?
Yes, way back when in the year historic year of 2016. #PokemonGo was one of the top trending hashtags of all time. Just around the time when this stress-melting (albeit mind numbing) game was being celebrated by kids wandering streets blindly glaring at their iPhones throughout the world, a very stressful situation was just about to erupt….
I’ll give you a hint - #Election2016! Now, unless you’ve been a hermit in the middle of nowhere for the last 3 years that might’ve rung a bell.
You’ve witnessed what came after that and regardless of who you voted for, we’re all suffering from the aftermath of this remarkable, strange, and historically tense election.
STRESS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
Just to clarify, Amino Spa is not here to give you any political opinions but let’s just say Trump has been a master pot stirrer long before his political adventures. You’ve heard his speeches. Trump has even offended some of his most loyal followers with his strong opinions and unpredictability. No one is safe, regardless of your political background.
While all of this can be debated endlessly, it really boils down to this: there is a deep and stinging hatred towards Donald Trump by more than half of the US population. #NotMyPresident is one of the largest movements springing up right after his inauguration in 2017.
After 3 years of widespread extremes on both sides of the political spectrum (the left’s Antifa and the right’s Proud Boys), violent trolling, doxxing, and the rise of civil unrest becoming the national norm, the American citizenry is becoming claustrophobically stressed. The extreme tribalistic nature we adopt from social media only pours gasoline on the fire.
In a report titled ‘Stress in America’, the American Psychological Association has depicted an alarming increase in the stress levels of Americans in 2018.
The report states, “One cause of stress is the current political climate, which more than six in 10 Americans (62 percent) report is a significant stressor. More than half of adults (56 percent) also say this is the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember. When asked to consider the nation’s future, more than two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) report that it causes them significant stress, a significant increase from those who said the same in 2017 (63 percent). What may contribute to many adults’ stress about the future is that most Americans (61 percent) disagree that our country is on a path to being stronger than ever.”
Need you hear more?
These are real numbers from real surveys that describe where America’s soul is at. And it’s extremely worrisome.
Now, you might also know that you are living in a stressful era overall given the rise of the knowledge worker, pollution, and our ever connectedness to the Internet. The current political climate is the icing on top of the stress cake we didn’t want to eat in the first place.
So If you’ve experienced trauma or stress during this political period, we’re here, as peers, speaking for you.
Let’s look at some small tweaks and actions you can take to relieve the stress caused by Trump’s America. Buckle up, because you're about to download some proven and immediately impactful tips on how to rid yourself of this dangerously common source of stress.
10 Ways to Release Stress in the Age of Trump PTSD (President Trump Stress Disorder)
Well, there’s no pun intended here. People are actually calling it PTSD – President Trump Stress Disorder or Post Trump Stress Disorder.
So, how do you beat this? Here’s how:
1. Turn The News Off
When you listen to or read the news on your way to work, while having your breakfast, or during your break time, you will raise your stress hormones. When those are raised, things that didn’t stress you out will. You’ll end up thinking or talking about it throughout the rest of your day and it’ll leave you drained.
To stop all news-induced stress, all you need to do is tune out!! Take a break and deflate.
If headlines pop up in your phone, turn your notifications off. If you listen to the news in your car’s radio, replace it with music or a podcast. If you read the news, replace it with good and productive articles that make you a better person. We’re not asking you to lose touch, but the news that matters will get to you in person.
Try this for a week or so and you’ll feel a dramatic positive shift!!
2. Join Support Groups
If you feel attacked by the government, especially Trump, in any way, you can always join a support group to rid yourself of the stress.
For people who are immigrants or refugees, have a certain sexual orientation, belong to a certain religion or race, or who simply don’t support the current government, this might be the best option.
There are a number of support groups that will listen to your thoughts, to what you’re feeling, and will help you vent out. When you share your thoughts and feelings with people who you can identify with and that are facing the same situations as you, your stress reduces.
Venting out is a great practice when it comes to relieving stress. If not in a support group, you can vent out to a family member or colleague who shares the same political opinions as you.
Just please avoid getting into any kind of political debate.
3. Enter an Anger Room – Break Stuff
We’ve recently heard about an Anger Room located somewhere in Dallas. This is a place that lets people break stuff when they want to let their anger or stress out!
Our human nature makes us feel extremely restless when we are angry or stressed out. This restlessness is caused by the tension that builds up inside our body and mind. To feel better and vent these feelings out, many studies suggest that we break stuff. Human psychology!
Now, inspired from this, Anger Rooms came into business, not only in Dallas but throughout the world. These places let you get inside a room, choose a weapon of your choice (like a baseball bat), enter the room and start smashing stuff! It works like therapy and saves you from having to break your own stuff. Go figure.
Think of the stuff being the politicians you hate – it’ll help!
4. Unplug and Unwind
Technology is sucking from our brains all the time and by the end of the day, we’re left exhausted and stressed. So, it is important to recharge your brain cells by taking a break from the technology.
Unplug for a day or two and get closer to nature. Nature has its own way of soothing our mind, relaxing our eyes, and sending peaceful vibes to the body. Once you spend a few good hours closer to nature, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Also, this’ll keep your mind secluded from the political tensions prevailing around you. Plan a day out visiting a natural preserve, a lake, or hills and just lose yourself to peace.
You’ll feel a lot better.
5. Move. Exercise. Breathe.
Whenever you feel stress is taking a toll on your health and life, bring body movement to your schedule. This can be done in a seemingly infinite number of ways.
You can pick an hour from your schedule and dedicate it to working out, stretching, doing yoga, going for a walk or a run, or playing a sport.
When you move your body through such activities, tension is released from your muscles and nerves, blood flow improves in your veins, and your whole body feels better. Happy hormones are released in your body and your state of mind becomes much positive and upbeat.
For a day or two – get self-obsessed! Yup, that’s a lot better than obsessing over politics.
Just relax back at home and indulge in self-care. You can choose a weekend for this when you’re not busy.
You can start by making yourself a good breakfast. If you’re a person who likes taking care of their body and skin, you can spend some time doing a skincare routine with pedicures and manicures. You can schedule a salon appointment for the same as well.
You can also spend some time reading, writing, or watching your favorite movies all by yourself. A relaxing massage or spa can also be scheduled. ‘Me time’ play a big role in relieving stress.
7. Art, Craft's and DIYs
The web is full of tutorials telling people how to make stuff on their own. This includes many categories like art and craft, self-care products, kitchen products, and more.
So, if you’re one a creative and/or DIY-loving person, go for this! It really keeps your mind busy helps you relieve the stress. Maybe you can start a side income on Etsy.com. Not only will this relax you, but it can put more money in your pocket as well.
PS: You will be busy on the web doing something productive instead of obsessing over political news and debates.
Trump-related stress is mainly caused because of the idea that the nation’s growth and development is impaired because of wrong government.
If you have these feelings and are indeed worried about the future of your country, do something about it directly to curb your worries. As they say – if you want change, be the change!
So, start volunteering for different NGO’s that promote the issues you represent. It’ll definitely make you feel more in control and less stressed about the situation.
Traveling is the best way to escape a place – even though it is for a little while. With the USA being a stressed nation overall, people have used traveling to different countries to provide the mental escape they so desperately deserve.
Traveling rejuvenates your mind and body and helps you to be happier and more grounded. So, find the right time, pick a place as that works with your budget, and plan an escape. You'll feel great!
10. Online Games
Over the past two years, the internet has surged with countless games that help you release your Trump-related stress.
If you’re in the #NotMyPresident group, you’ll feel great after playing these games that basically roast the president-elect. This’ll help you rid much of your frustration towards Trump and will also keep you off the news or debates related to politics.
These 10 tips will help you greatly in treating your President Trump Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you’re a person that is very engrossed and interested in the political news and sees a great impact of the nation’s situation on your mental and physical health, you can also opt for therapy.
The key takeaway here is to keep your mind off the incoming of political news because there really is very little you can do about it. Of course you can vote and fight for your rights but chronically stressing over little things is doing nothing but harm to yourself.
So, sit back, relax, and just let it all go.