It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Self Care in the Age of Trump

 Audre Lorde, feminist/writer/activist and proponent of radical acts of self-care

Audre Lorde, feminist/writer/activist and proponent of radical acts of self-care

Since Donald Trump was elected in November, my clients’ emotional experiences have run rampant. Many have confided in me that they’re feeling afraid and intimidated, uncertain about our country’s future, or angry and confused. At this strange and unprecedented time in our country’s political history, so many of us are feeling under siege. And beyond New York, it’s much the same — therapist colleagues of mine across the country have reported that their clients are sharing these upsetting feelings, too.

One thing’s clear: this is not therapy (or politics!) as usual. Never before have we had a president who pushed himself so aggressively into our treatment rooms, or whose ascendance to power has felt so privately and personally threatening to so many. 

As we brace ourselves for the uncertainty and turmoil of the months and years to come, I've come up with some strategies that we can use to help ourselves get through this. Because, as far as I can tell, he’s not going anywhere fast, so we’d better develop some coping mechanisms, quickly. 

For my specific strategies you can use to sustain yourself during this uncertain time, see my latest blog post on Medium

Drop me a note at hello@renastaubfisher.com to let me know how it’s going.