In a little under six hours, polls will close in Washington. In three they’ll be closing on the East Coast. In case you missed it, we here at How’s Your Morale are big proponents of exercising one’s civic duty.
There are a number of issues at stake, including, but not limited to: attempts to curb climate change, the rights of cities in Washington to raise money via sugar taxes, and of course having any sort of check on our child-abuser, sexual predator President and the party that’s bent over backwards to accommodate his agenda.
As such. . . today is kinda stressful, huh?
Well we here at HYM also believe in self-care, so here are a few things you can do to calm your understandably rattled nerves.
6. EAT FOOD FROM A FAVORITE SPOT
I suggest teriyaki. Specifically Toshio’s in the south end, or Teriyaki Madness in the north. Today is a day for comfort food, for familiar, reassuring tastes. Pho, pizza, burritos, or a nice Dick’s Deluxe could also suffice, but I went with Toshio’s and have been a little bit calmer with each bite.
5. SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR
Put down the phone, shut the laptop, and pick up a book. Maybe read a chapter in whatever airport pot-boiler you’ve been into lately. Read a couple of poems by a poet whose voice reassures and affirms you. Immerse yourself in an important work of literature and get lost in the richness of the prose. Read a personal essay that connects with you and gives you strength. All or any of these things will help remind you how big the world is, how many good people are in it, and just how wide and deep the human experience is.
4. TAKE A WALK
Without your phone.
3. MISREAD THE HEADLINE TO THIS ARTICLE AS “SEX TIPS TO CALM ELECTION DAY NERVES”. . . AND GIGGLE
That was dumb. But it felt good, huh? (You’ll have to come up with the actual sex tips yourself.)
2. YOGA/RUNNING/LIFTING WEIGHTS/WHATEVER EXERCISE TYPE THING PEOPLE DO
I’ve heard people exercise and it releases endorphins and makes them feel better, and less tired. I don’t really know much about it, but it’s a theory that seems to be gaining increasing popularity around America, so maybe try it out. Let me know how it goes, I’ll be over here with my book.
1. ACTUALLY VOTE
The thing that most helped me today was putting my ballot in the ballot box, knowing that I’d participated, and it was out of my hands. The woman in line behind me let out a small “WOOHOO” when she dropped her ballot, pumped her fist and said “Civic duty!”
We’ll see what happens now.
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