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thedeadparrot ([personal profile] thedeadparrot) wrote2017-02-02 07:01 pm
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Self-care in a time of resistance

It's been tough. I know it's been tough for a lot of people. Every day brings fresh new horrors, and I can't help but think of and remember how quickly the Nazis came to power. I feel obligated to pay attention and to act. There was a large protest against the anti-Muslim ban that I went to, just to be there and to be counted. I've been figuring out how and when to call my representatives.

But yeah, it's easy to burn out that way. I've been trying to manage my anxiety and depression levels in various ways. Work just told me that I'm probably going onto a different team and didn't tell me who my teammates were going to be, working two levels under a former boss who I really really don't like. So that didn't help.

Here's what I'm doing to try to deal with all of these things:

- Talked to another coworker who is going to be moved at the same time as me, who is sharing a lot of my apprehension and who expressed a sadness that we might not be working together anymore.

- Writing. I wonder if I just write more when I'm stressed and anxious and depressed. It would probably explain why I didn't write a whole lot last year except for in the winter when my SAD was probably at its worst. But on the other hand, hopefully it means that everyone else can enjoy the fruits of my labor. I'm currently working on my [ profile] fandomtrumpshate fic for [personal profile] emef, in fact.

- Exercise. I have a schedule for how my weeks go, and I'm trying to stick to it. Even when I just want to go home and not do anything. It's been helpful. I like feeling my body move and seeing what it's capable of. And it helps me sleep better.

- Psychic Wolves. Okay, so this is partly a joke and partly a real trope that I have been enjoying thoroughly. Magically bonded animal companions! Weird sex stuff! I have finished reading one book and a whole bunch of fic on this topic. They're great. I'm reading one of the sequels to the book right now.

- Critical Role and other forms of entertainment. Caring too much about fictional characters is obviously a big part of my life, so it's natural that it's comforting to care so much when the stakes are so low.

Anyway, that's what I'm doing. I hope all of you guys are holding up as well.

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