Stress: November 2, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

There are times I feel like you’ve won.

My god, we are all tired and beaten down.

Some of the people I love have developed anxious, haunted looks as we all try to adjust to this new normal of constant fuckery. It is almost impossible to relax completely. There is always an elephant in the room.

And look, it’s not just the people I know. The American Psychiatric Association recently did a study, and found that the state of our country is the greatest source of stress for pretty much everyone.

Here’s a quote from the APA press release:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association’s report, “Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation”.

More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember — a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

And here’s an interesting piece of the study as well. Men of color are experiencing significantly higher levels of stress than white men. Really? No shit. I can tell you anecdotally that yes, this is true. I can also tell you that I’m not surprised, given white men are the only people even remotely set to benefit from your administration, and frankly it’s questionable for a bunch of them, too.

Are you just waiting for us all to give up, so you can make the final roll over everyone?

I’ve found that we’re all more resilient than I ever thought we could be. I think you’ll find that too.

D

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