Written By: Terra Walls
In light of today’s inauguration, it’s important to take some time this weekend to breathe and find peace. You may feel like even through all the protesting and fighting, today was a loss for the country. The next four years will no doubt be difficult, but it’s important not to lose hope, and it’s even more important to take moments for yourself, away from the politics. Trying to create change can be overwhelming, and you shouldn’t lose sight of the little moments with friends and family in lieu of the country’s progression. Sometimes the only change you can make may be in your own backyard, and that’s okay too. That being said, here are a few ways you can take this weekend to find peace of mind.
- Take a break from social media
The inaugural ceremony will be making headlines for the next few weeks, there’s no doubt about it. While the Twitter memes and satirical Onion articles shed light on the events, it’s impossible to strain out all the heavy political diatribe and negativity. Take a break from all the social media buzz. Stay off Twitter and maybe even Instagram for a day or so if you can, and spend some time with the people you love.
- Spend time with friends and family
Even if you don’t share political views with them, every conversation doesn’t have to be about the election, parties, and so on and so forth. Go hang out with your pals and see a movie, binge watch a series, or play some board games to take your mind off of things.
3. If you choose to protest..
The Women’s March on Washington and it’s 600 sister marches is just one example of the organized demonstrations taking place this weekend. While the Women’s March is expected to be safe and free from police interference, there’s still many precautions to be taken. First and foremost, be safe. If you can help it, try not to protest alone. Bring friends, and try to come up with a backup plan if you do get separated. If you do happen to be going by yourself, stay in a pack of people that seem trustworthy, don’t get isolated. Dress smart and leave the valuables at home, you won’t be needing them. This may seem obvious, but don’t forget to charge your phone! You’ll most likely want to document the events of the protest, and you’ll need to rely on your phone in the case of an emergency. Stay calm and polite in the chance of police intervention, and know your rights. You have the right to remain silent, at the risk of saying anything that could be held against you.