Last night I was about to climb the walls with anxiety over the 10,000 things I need to do on deadline. This political bs isn't helping since I'm already a "second-class citizen", I don't have a barrel full of cultural power to lose. I'm not pleased. For some odd reason, before I lit anything on fire, I thought jokingly, "so much for being a Taoist Master" (LOL -like, yeah right & no I'm not trying to convert anyone to Taoism lol). So, I put my unwilling self to bed as I knew sleep was the one place I couldn't get myself in trouble. I was asleep in 3 minutes. Didn't even realize how tired I was & then woke up feeling great. My point is that despite whatever is going on outside, take care of your health and whatever is going on inside.
Polls show that more Americans are becoming queer-friendly since Valentine's Day. And the beautiful smiles of the newly-weds & those waiting to be married show that being picketed and cold and wet from sleeping outside in the rain can not remove our basic human dignity or our courage to express our love in the face of hatred and stigma.
So, get enough sleep, take good care of yourselves, your friends, your families. Like it or not, we are now a WE and the game is on! Go Team Go!
I couldn't find any link for "don't let idiots get under your skin" but I found this: I think they recommend herbs & such, I'm in no way recommending them or connected to the site
KNOW YOUR STRESS STYLE
USE ANGER TO BUILD YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
Checklist for Handling Overstress
REDUCE YOUR STRESS LOAD:
-----Reduce the pace of change in your life. (haha)
-----Reduce social obligations.
-----Reduce work or school obligations.
-----Postpone changes in your living situation
-----Say "No" more often. (except call/write, whatever but don't sit around feeling helpless)
-----Eliminate possible food or environmental allergens.
-----Reduce environmental toxins.
GET OFF THE "ROLLER COASTER":</i>
-----Diet: Take a multivitamin, mineral, trace element preparation; stabilize your blood sugar; eat more vegetables.
-----Exercise: Twenty minutes to two hours, three times a week.
-----Don't rely on coffee, sugar, tobacco, drugs to see you through
DO A "REST FOR YOUR MIND" ACTIVITY:</i></b>
-----Recreational reading, arts, crafts, music,
</i></b>HELP YOUR BODY CLOCK RE-SET ITSELF:</i></b>
-----Set regular sleep times
-----Avoid time zone shifts or rapid changes in your work shift
-----Use daylight spectrum fluorescent lights to set your body clock's "awake time".
</i></b>VISIT A PHYSICIAN</i></b>
-----Check for hidden illness
-----Take X-tra care of anything that ails you
</i></b>VISIT A COUNSELOR</i></b>
-----Obtain help with self relaxation and general psychological counseling.