Honestly, I feel incredibly guilty about this but ive kind of spun down as many of my political neurons as I possibly can these past couple of weeks. Im still reading the news, but im kind of trying to enforce a healthy mental distance from it all.
Im commenting on it as little as I can dare both online and real life and instead focusing on my day to day activities as best I can. I am trying to make the things I share less about my opinions or about the world, and about things im doing.
I also try to remember mindfulness exercises and meditation to keep myself in the moment and about my current immediate ground level activities.
It leaves me feeling a little lame and checked out; but honestly I can get more than a little existential feeling about these things; to the point where it consumes me. There were times in my life where Id let it. The lead up to, and the first few years of the Iraq war kind of consumed me; I had a lot of real life friends really concerned for me back then. Now that im sharing my life with someone, it feels kinda feel more important to me to not do that. So Ive been trying my best not to repeat that.
I don’t know if it’s a strategy id recommend. But it’s about the only thing I got to retreat to that works.
EDIT: I wish I was the kind of person who could get into the activism feedback loop. I have and do participate in protests, I have and do write letters both to politicians and my local papers. However, I have often found over the long haul it leaves me feeling depressed and hopeless. I think I have problems seeing my own personal activities link up to greater change. I think that might be in part a function of my particular local government, being abysmally unideal. So in these terms I do what I can when I have the emotional fortitude.