We live in interesting times, and some of us can't drink.
Here are a few soothing ideas for when it all gets a bit much.
1. Cake. Obviously. The Russians could take over any day — if they haven't already. Their baking skills are okay but they don't have anything like this. So mangia — and hurry up.
2. Flowers. It does help to have something fresh and pretty in plain sight. Hydrangeas are toxic and Harris is Harris, so we stick with roses around here. You don't have Harris, so maybe you can have hydrangeas:
3. Get out in nature. Go to the Public Garden. Enjoy the trees and the Swan Boats. Then feed nuts to the squirrels. As they take the nuts they will brush your fingers with their grabby little paws. It will be good for you. The blonde squirrel likes cashews.
4. Nap. I can't recommend this one enough. The more you are asleep, the less you are awake and thinking! Take it from a pro:
5. Read distracting literature. I'm about to start this. And then I'm looking forward to this, having read the other 25. And then I have the first three volumes of this. And this has proven surprisingly useful. (Rereading the Harry Potter series is a another way I cope with stress.)
6. Shop. Stimulate the economy while we still have one. Buy yourself something nice and do not translate the cost into rubles. I'm still too nervous to wear these loafers outside in case they hurt, but just looking at them makes me happy. They will look spiffy at protest marches and rallies.
7. Don't go overboard with the news. Try to read only the New York Times, the Washington Post, and everything your friends post on Facebook. Try to watch only The Rachel Maddow Show. If you can't stop there, be sure to eat cake through The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and nap through The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. (Watching satire — John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Saturday Night Live, etc., is therapeutic and doesn't count.)