With a federal government shutdown, as with many things, the waiting to hear if it’s going to happen can be the hardest part. If a glance at the cable networks or Twitter has you feeling stressed, here are five things you can do to alleviate the pressure.
Many of these are are coping mechanisms. Most of them are only for those lucky enough to not be worried about losing their paycheck tomorrow. If you’re not a soldier, a park ranger or another federal employee at risk of being deemed "non-essential," then read on.
- Watch the the Funny or Die video above. Although it was was released in 2011, embarrassingly enough, it’s as relevant today as ever. And it’s funny.
- Write your senator or congressman. Whatever your position, let them have it.
- Apply for a passport if you need it. There are funds at hand to keep passport offices open, but it’s unclear how long they will hold out. If you have a trip coming, the best bet is to get that expedited application in.
- If you depend on WIC, or if your know someone who does, plan to do without. The program that assists 9 million pregnant women, new mothers and children obtain nutritional foods will likely run out of funding in the event of a shutdown.
- Visit a national park. They’re the last thing many of us think about on a Monday afternoon, but if you’re retired or lucky enough to be able to play hooky for a day, consider visiting one locally before they close down.
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