I am really stressing about all of the executive orders, the GOPs acquiescence, and the Dems lack of ability to do anything. I’ve been calling (mostly not even getting through to leave a voice mail), emailing, tweeting, protesting, donating. It all seems for naught as the orders keep coming and Department of Homeland Security are willfully ignoring the court order to stop detaining people with valid green cards and visas and to stop deporting. It’s like I am seeing our democracy fall apart before my eyes. To make it worse my Trump supporting family are all cheering.

I’m not sleeping; my stomach is upset; I can’t focus. Taking action hasn’t helped since it feels ineffective. Yesterday I cleaned and rearranged every piece of furniture in my apartment trying to wear myself out. (Side note - I swept up enough cat hair from under said furniture to knit a sweater. Only slight exaggeration.) I feel guilty doing regular “fun” things instead of doing more to fight back. Fuck, it’s only been 9 days. I don’t know how to manage.

How are you all coping? What strategies are you using?