How Do You Get Rid of This Hellish Week?

It’s been a whole week, huh? Those who have experienced sexual abuse especially need to know that you are not alone, that people are working hard to help you, and that your voice matters. If you need help we have several resources and you can also call the RAINN hotline at 800.656 HOPE if you ever need it.

While this week seems particularly depressingly bad, the unfortunate truth is that we will all be dealing with difficult times, whether it be reliving trauma, losing a loved one, dealing with a physical illness, suffering from depression, and so on. So what are your strategies for dealing with times of high stress or anxiety? It could be the things you do this week, or the methods you have used in the past to get through tough times.

Mine are pretty simple: I walk, exercise (run, spin, stretch), bake (this weekend: cranberry cakes) and temporarily break away from people (flight mode helps). I also find some peace in the chaos of podcasts: the Forever35 podcast is accessible and empathetic about self-care and improvement, and the latest edition of the Longform podcast with New York City art critic Jerry Salz is truly inspiring, whether you are into the visual arts or not. …

If the policy specifically disappoints you, make sure you are registered to vote , encourage multiple friends to sign up, and prepare for midterm exams.

Lifehacker managing editor Virginia Smith says she has watched horror movies because “being in control is very relaxing when real life is very stressful (I’m probably going to watch Creep this weekend),” and enjoys exercise and silence with her cat, Toonya. …

And LH Health Editor Beth Skoreki suggests turning off your notifications. In fact, she wrote a comprehensive guide on this matter.

Connecting with friends and loved ones is very important for both your and their mental well-being . Even if you don’t know how to relieve pain, remember that listening is often enough. Remember to feed yourself.

This thread by NPR’s Linda Holmes also offers some tips if you’re feeling stressed and unable to focus on anything other than stressful situations or memories:

Let us know how you unpack in the comments.


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