Tori Noriega Tori is a student at Pace University in New York City and Creative Director/Staff Writer at TFP.
My major and my life is pretty much dedicated to keeping up with politics and current events. I have to consistently know what is happening in the world. I need to know what Trump said yesterday or who was put into his cabinet. I need to know about the hate crimes happening and where they were. All of these things that are mind numbing and killer. I feel this necessity to know everything that’s happening. If I don’t I feel like I’m not living up to my life standards, but it gets tiring. That’s something I hate to admit. Since I decided my life was going to be dedicated to a field of politics I was excited. I was ready for it. I knew it’d be hard and I knew it’d take a toll. I didn’t realize how much of a toll it would take. Sometimes it feels awful saying that though. I feel like I’m letting people down. It’s dumb and weird to be honest. No one really cares if I know what happened exactly yesterday in the White House I know they won’t be disappointed if I tell them my mental health is deteriorating due to this awful administration that continues to strip us of our rights. I know that people will understand if I tell them that listening to stories of people being attacked daily is painful. These aren’t bad things because we are all still humans. We are not robots. We have feelings and emotions. We are not these disgusting Nazis who have no remorse. If you feel drained and mentally unstable because of this, it is okay to not keep up. It is okay to take a breather and take personal time to get your mental health together. Take a break from being on Twitter and seeing these articles being thrown around and read a book. Write in your journal and let out your thoughts. Go outside and take walks to clear your head. If you feel like your friends seem to only talk about these things bring something else up. Talk about dumb boys or about music. Talk about things that interest you. Things that make you happy. Now this is all easier said than done. It is much easier to say to separate yourself and take breaks than actually doing it. I know from personal experience. When all of my classes are dedicated to learning about politics, how can you not talk about American politics in Political Science classes? I can’t take myself out of these classes because I need it for my future, but when I’m done with them I separate myself completely. I focus on writing and letting out my emotions. I read some books or even watch TV shows that I haven’t caught up with. It does feel like a waste of time sometimes but to be honest, it’s not. Your mental health and stability is not a waste of time; it never will be.