The US is definitely in a bad state right now. Here are the ways I'm personally coping (I'd love to hear how all of you are coping as well):

1. Minimize news consumption. I've completely stopped reading @Reddit's front page as it's too emotionally draining. It's fine to follow up on things occasionally, but limit your political news exposure as much as possible.

2. Do something positive that makes your community a little bit better. Say hi to your neighbors when you're out and about, foster an animal who needs help, donate some $$$ to a cause you care about, pick up trash you see lying on the sidewalk.

3. Meditate. I started using the @Headspace app a few years ago and try to do a short 10-minute meditation each day. It took a while for me to see the benefits but it really helps with focus and staying calm.

4. Invest in your relationships. Get a pet, see your family more, spend time with loved ones.

5. Write down a list of attributes you want to be known for and look at it every day. Try to live up to those expectations.

6. Set a physical goal and work towards it. I realize it's cliche, but having some sort of physical goal to work towards can be incredibly de-stressing. I'm currently training to do a century bike ride. It's hard to be stressed when you're out of physical energy =)

That's all I've got. If you have some additional ideas, please share them!


@rdegges That’s a good list. I like how the strategies you shared, such as exercise, meditation, helping others, are all healthy.
My list includes video games and other escapism but I try to focus on the healthier strategies too.

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