Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced she is taking a “mental health” break from politics, one month before she has even taken office.
The Bronx-bred champagne socialist announced Monday that the stress of being an elected official has become too much to bare, and told supporters she will taking some time off before January.
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“I’m taking a few days to take care of myself before what is sure to be an eventful term,” the incoming New York congresswoman tweeted.
“For working people, immigrants, & the poor, self-care is political — not because we want it to be, but bc of the inevitable shaming of someone doing a face mask while financially stressed. So I’ve decided to take others along with me on IG as I learn what self-care even means and why it’s important.”
So I’ve decided to take others along with me on IG as I learn what self-care even means and why it’s important.
Feel free to comment here & share any resources or suggestions that have been helpful to you ⬇️
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 17, 2018
Nydailynews.com reports: The 29-year-old progressive champion encouraged her followers to share their self-care regimens and followed up the post with a string of Instagram messages about how she had to give up her Zen lifestyle when she launched her congressional bid.
“Before the campaign, I used to practice yoga 3-4x/week, eat nutritiously, read and write for leisure,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
“As soon as everything kicked up, that all went out the window. I went from doing yoga and making wild rice and salmon dinners to eating fast food for dinner and falling asleep in my jeans and makeup.”
Ocasio-Cortez — who unseated longtime Queens Rep. Joe Crowley in a stunning primary upset that made national headlines — vowed to not pretend to be something she’s not as she officially starts representing New York’s 14th congressional district on Jan. 3.
“I believe public servants do a disservice to our communities by pretending to be perfect,” she wrote. “
A lot of campaigns are based on telling a ‘superhuman’ story and I respectfully disagree with that tactic…You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed.”