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Is "Trump Fatigue" Leaving You Exhausted? Read This.

I've been trying to write a blog post for the last few days, but I've felt oddly distracted. Alas, not by my own life so much as by our national civic life.

I've been feeling, in a word, exhausted. Mentally exhausted. Like I've been riding an emotional roller coaster or something.

Speaking with others has made me realize that I'm not alone in the newsiverse. "I just feel so...I dunno, exhausted? I'm just tired lately," others will admit. They are alluding to an elusive, amorphous malaise, but eventually they come around to the reason for it. "There's so much going on since inauguration day," they'll say. "It's exhausting."

Bingo. We don't want to tune out the news cycle, but we could sure use a break from the alternative facts to catch our breath. Uncertainty is unnerving, and feeling unnerved leaves us vaguely exhausted. Maybe the chaos that has become our daily news cycle needs a name? For lack of a better name, let's refer to it as "Trump fatigue." It's real, and we need to talk about it. Let's think of it as political theater therapy!

Whatever your political persuasion, you can't deny the sentiment of Ezra Klein's tweet. There's a high degree of uncertainty in our current, day-to-day collective existence. What's proposed today could change tomorrow, and things feel like they could change on a dime any minute. The news cycle now boasts the in-your-face drama of a Bravo reality show. Breaking news (as in, it actually is new, breaking news!) is literally breaking every minute.

As Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe said on Lawrence O'Donnell's show the other night: "History is being collapsed into a black hole, and everything is moving rapidly at the speed of light." Yes, this is exactly what it feels like, Mr. Tribe! I would go even further to say that it's like we've crossed the black hole's event horizon in the confusing finale of Interstellar and have descended into a 5-D news tesseract. We're wondering what the hell is going on as we yell at the past. Or something? That movie was so confusing, just like the times we're living through right now.

Feel free to assess yourself for symptoms of "Trump fatigue," too. Common complaints might include tiredness, crankiness, insomnia and vague headaches. Ibuprofen helps, as does yoga, long walks, funky music, a glass of wine, long hot showers, sitcom re-runs, good conversation, daily meditation, home-cooked meals, calling our elected representatives, Enya songs and beach sounds.

I'm anxious and sad, but I'm also incredibly optimistic. I have a deep, abiding faith in my country, in its bedrock Constitutional principles, and in my fellow, vocal citizens. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to catch up on the news.


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