Her new congressional duties have taken a toll on congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; she’s complaining that politicking is getting in the way of her real life, namely: her yoga classes.
In a post to her Instagram account, the 29-year-old first-time political office holder says she is taking a week off for ‘self-care’ after the campaign that gave her the House seat.
“I am starting a week of self-care where I am taking the week off and taking care of me. I don't know how to do that though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips,” she said.
The incoming New York Congresswoman elaborated further on why she feels the need to rest even before her job starts.
“I’m taking a few days to take care of myself before what is sure to be an eventful term.
“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.”
This is in an apparent reference to her widely-publicized complaint that she didn't even have enough money to get an apartment in Washington, D.C.
And what makes her thinks needs time off? Well, her yoga schedule, for one thing:
“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.”
Social media is jumping in to question why a young woman like Ocasio-Cortez seems to lack the energy to do the job she campaigned for so vigorously.
- "Cortez is 29-years-old and never been in politics. - She won her first term as a representative from New York and not been sworn into Congress yet
- "She recently released a video on Instagram where she said she needed to take a break from politics because of a multitude of missed yoga sessions
- "Cortez said recently she spent time in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York to get away"
I think we’re supposed to feel sorry for her, but I can honestly say that it seems that congresspeople double or even triple her age seem to be able to withstand the demands of the political life better than the fresh-faced New Yorker. Perhaps she got in over her head and is just now realizing it.
From Governor Mike Huckabee:
“AOC needs a break! Whew! Job hasn't started yet, but getting a jump on the vacation. Tell her it's all good, and new term in Congress has been delayed until January of 2020, so take a longer break and get some rest.”
Let's just hope she comes back refreshed and ready to take on the fight she is sure to encounter from the other side of the aisle when Congress resumes in January. She's going to need all the help she can get!