Since the election, and then especially since the inauguration, I’ve read a bunch of articles, tweets, and tumblr posts about the importance of self-care. As someone who tends to get obsessed with things (think: kpop, sports), the constant news cycle has really taken it’s toll. It turns out that I’m not the only person who is suffering from this — especially since every day it seems like some new horror has been thrown upon the United States.
If you google “self-care election” you find a slew of articles, including this Wired article, published 2 days after the election. They all discuss how important it is to take time to make sure we’re okay even as we worry about the US and all it’s (my/our) people. This is something that I’ve tried to do myself and it’s hard. So hard, in fact, that I’ve made use of one of my daily tasks on Habitica as a way to reminding myself to stop and take care of me.
I’m going to try to spend a few minutes, each Friday, talking about some of the stuff I’ve done, even if it’s just what I’m reading and what music I’ve been listening to. I hope this helps people remember that you can fight for what’s right but also try to enjoy life a little, too. You’re (I’m) no good to anyone if you’re (I’m) stuck in that low point. Don’t give up the panic and the fear and the protesting and donation of time and money. But take a moment or two to breathe.
Here’s what I’ve been doing this week.
I finished my first book for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:
Read a travel memoir: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
I finished a book outside of the challenge:
- Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series)
I’m reading these books:
- The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book)
- A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino (Detective Galileo)
What I’m watching:
- Exiled (movie)
- Voice (Korean drama)
- Squad 38 (Korean drama)
- Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (Japanese drama)
- I Am Not Your Negro (documentary)
- John Wick Ch. 2 (film)
Music I’ve been listening to:
- BTOB – New Men
- Seventeen – Going Seventeen
- CLC – Crystyle
- Block B