Here's What To Do Instead Of Eating Sheetcake To Combat Your Anxiety


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Humor is hard. Humor in the wake of a tragedy is even harder: there’s a reason The Onion took two weeks to publish their first post-9/11 issue. Tina Fey’s “Weekend Update” response to the Charlottesville, VA massacre—wherein she called on the American public to ignore the Nazis and stay home with a sheetcake—was a game attempt to create humor out of our shared grief and shock, but it missed the mark. The last thing we need right now is for people to stay at home and eat their feelings. It’s time to put down our forks and get to work.

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Donate Some Cash

Let’s say you were going to buy a giant cake. Why not take those funds and donate them to an organization taking a stand against Nazi movements in your area? You can donate to groups organizing counter-protests, like your local DSA chapter, or organizations demanding Congress take action, like Indivisible. Both organizations provide helpful information that can aid you in contacting your political representative, and resources to spread the word and decry the alt-right movement.

Protest Online and Off

If you’re frightened and angry, take that energy and channel it into actual work in your community, including your online ones. You don’t have to confront anyone, but your public denouncement of hate crimes and the alt-right movement makes it harder for them to share their opinion if it’s unpopular.

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You might not think it matters much, but showing up at a protest serves to help convey your stance against hate. If you’re not a fan of being on the front lines, you can help in other ways. You can make (good) signs, or spread the word by canvassing your neighborhood

Call Some Politicians

Call your local representatives. They can help by putting pressure on law enforcement to prosecute hate crimes, and issue public statements denouncing alt-right activity, but it’s likely you’ll need to put some pressure on them. You can write emails, send tweets, or even write a letter, but the most effective method is the good ol’ telephone. If you can’t reach them by phone, emails and faxes are the next best route.

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Write Down Your Worries

Zero studies have shown that yelling into a cake helps anything. Keeping a log of your emotions through a journal or blog is beneficial to your mental health, and can boost your self-esteem. It might make you feel good enough to go outside and do something about it. (See above)

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If you’re not a fan of long, drawn out writing sessions, why not keep a gratitude journal? You can start with a single sentence every day describing something for which you’re grateful. It’s a useful tool for providing perspective when you feel down in the dumps.

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Eat Something Healthy Before Dessert

We’ve got a long fight ahead of us—you’re going to need some real nutrition. Take care of yourself by prepping some meals for the week ahead or hit the grocery store and buy a whole damn rotisserie chicken to keep yourself fortified for the duration.

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