The Best Ways To Practice Self-Care When Trump-Related News Is Too Much

A lot has changed in the months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: millennial women explain their go-to self-care methods when the news becomes too much.

It may seem like every time you turn on your TV, read a newspaper online, or refresh your Facebook or Twitter feed, there is ~something~ Trump-related. And, if you are not a Trump supporter, it may be overwhelming. And that is exactly where a self-care practice comes in.

"If you are feeling scared, enraged, upset, or otherwise distressed, recognize when you've had enough and consider what you can do to feel better," licensed clinical psychologist Marni Amsellem, Ph.D., tells Bustle. "When you realize you're hitting an uncomfortable level of discomfort, surround yourself with calm. Turn off the TV, put your phone away, and don't go online for a little while. Turn on some music, take a bath, take the dog for a walk, or listen to a meditation app. Breathe. Whatever it is that brings you calm, take that moment of calm unapologetically."

Millennial women bear much of this stress themselves and are, consequently, leaders in the self-care movement. I spoke to 17 millennial women about what their go-to self-care remedies are when Trump-related news gets to be too much. Read on for the techniques they use to take care of themselves in today's tumultuous political climate.

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As you can see, millennial women take self-care very seriously, especially in today's political climate. If you're still looking for your go-to self-care routine, one easy place to start is through inspirational sayings. "Mantras can be so useful when coping with stress that seems extreme," Amsellem says. "Whether your mantra focuses on hope, acceptance, or another positive feeling, don't underestimate the power of words that we tell ourselves."

Whatever your calming mechanism may be, remember Amsellem's advice about doing it unapologetically. After all, if you don't take care of yourself, who will?