We did it! We’ve survived an agonizing first month of the Trump Presidency with little to no relief to look forward to. In the last few weeks we’ve covered ways that we can start strengthening relationships in the Trump Era, starting with our communities and our loved ones. Now it’s time to tackle building a stronger relationship with someone who’s hard to convince: yourself. We’re sharing three ways to strengthen your relationship with yourself that may have been overlooked:
Schedule a check-up appointment
There are some flaws in our healthcare system, such as insurance coverage, that give us reasons why we don’t make appointments for check-ups or other services. However, you deserve to live a healthy life. Knowing your body is one of the most empowering ways to build a stronger relationship with yourself. But it goes beyond accepting the state of your outward appearance. It’s about staying in-the-know about the state of your body internally. You can have access to healthcare whether you have insurance or not. Utilize the resources that are available to you and make yourself a check-up appointment this year. We promise your body will thank you in the long run.
Find a form of stress relief
It can be exhausting to keep up with President Trump, especially with his every little move being examined and scrutinized. According to a recent study done by the American Psychological Association, 57% of the nation reported that politics were either a somewhat or very significant source of stress in their lives. It’s no surprise that this number is high, given the events and news stories that have occurred surrounding the president over the last weeks. But you don’t have to let politics stress you out. We suggest you give yourself a break from keeping up with Trump and focus on taking some time for yourself. Research some ways you can manage stress and add a few to your daily schedule. Stress management can be anything from doing yoga and practicing meditation to reading books and listening to music. Finding your stress relief will not only help you escape from the political environment we’re in, but it’ll help you clear your mind for a fresh perspective on the world around you.
Turn your passion into action
It’s easy to lose focus if you religiously keep up with the news and politics. We’ve had several protests, like A Day Without Immigrants, occur in the last few days and even a Trump Rally this past weekend. Event coverage in regard to President Trump keeps getting thrown at us before we even get the opportunity to fully process the last one. But regardless of how tiresome updates from Trump World can be, we need to stay focused. You have the prime opportunity to make even the slightest difference in the world that we’re living in right now. We encourage some self-reflection to discover what your passions are. Who knows, one of them may be a great tool for you to become more politically active. Like to write? You can share your perspective on various platforms that address the issues going on in our nation. Have a knack for design? Reach out to organizations taking a stand against some of President Trump’s policies and contribute clothing designs or social media graphics. There is no limit to how you can weave your hobbies and skill sets into activism.
Change starts with you. As cliche as it may sound, it’s true. You have the power to make a difference in your life by getting to know yourself on different levels. As we mentioned above, building a strong relationship with yourself doesn’t just have to be about discovering who you are personally. It can be about getting to know your body and how to maintain good health. It can be about finding a moment to be at peace and really process how the world interacts with you. It can be about taking your interests and translating them into an action plan for change. Strengthening the relationship you have with yourself gives you the opportunity to push yourself to your greatest potential and bring back stronger relationships full circle with your community and loved ones.
By: Shanice Perriatt
This article is the third part of our Strengthening Relationships series. If you didn’t get the chance to read other articles in the series, please check out Part 1 and Part 2, where we offer ways to strengthen the relationship with your community and loved ones in our current political climate.