The 57th inaugural ceremony, which ushered in President Obama's second term, was met with hope, a word that famously represented his first presidential campaign. Standing on the steps of Capitol Hill, this line from our 44th president was met with roaring applause: "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it—so long as we seize it together."
Tomorrow marks our nation's 58th inaugural ceremony, but much of the internet's buzz reflects feelings of fear and uncertainty rather than a burgeoning sense of, well, hope.
Regardless of your views on the upcoming presidential term, tomorrow's event is lending itself to increased anxieties and stress levels across the globe, in a number of different contexts. So to prepare for the emotional roller coaster we're sure to ride in the next 24 hours, we've put together some of our favorite tips to stay zen amid the political clamor. Namaste.
It's a natural tendency to want to burrow on the couch with a plush blanket, tea, and a good book in the winter (can humans also hibernate for a few months out of the year, please?), but Scandinavians have coined a term for maintaining contentedness and that warm, fuzzy feeling when the temperatures dip: hygge. It's all about surrounding yourself with things (both people and material) that make you happy, to implement self-care and positive energy. So go ahead and wrap yourself up in something cozy while you catch up on Westworld—your mind needs it.
A 2001 study found that listening to your favorite tunes is a proven stress reducer and anti-anxiety mechanism. But we already knew this—pressing play on any Beyoncé song instantly makes us feel like we can take over the world. (The song "Weightless" by Marconi Union is also proven to reduce anxiety by 65%.)
Being told to "take a deep breath" when you're stressed is actually an incredibly useful piece of advice. Deep breathing exercises regulate your heart rate and reduce stress levels, and fun fact: Meditation is actually more powerful than medication. try a guided meditation app like Headspace to center yourself and achieve nirvana.
What do you do to de-stress? Share with us (please!) in the comments.