Revolution’s emergency kit: 5 ways to handle stress under chaos


The revolution in Lebanon is still on for the 24th day, with protests in front of institutional buildings accused of being corrupted places. Economically, the situation is very bad: not a lot of cash, due again to corruption. If I want to talk about stress, I wouldn’t know where to start from. Therefore, relying on my very long experience in protests and revolutions (some 20 years long), I want to answer this question that’s been around since the beginning of this revolution: How to keep yourself sane in times of political and financial turmoil?

Here are to me the best ways to keep you balanced while fighting:

  • Focus: in chaotic times where life is threatened, we tend to lose concentration by thinking too much and being anxious. So, recenter your priorities: money, jobs, necessities, protesting etc. and why not organizing yourself around them.
  • Take care of your finances: maybe the most important issue in terms of surviving where economy is crashing by the day. Spend on necessities only; it is a time of restriction.
  • Healthy eating and resting: it is the 3rd on my list because people tend to forget about this one but it is as crucial as the first 2. Less sugar, less caffeine, no processed food, less meat, otherwise you would be more irritated. Some intermittent fasting would do good for the body and the mind.
  • Switching off news sometimes during the day and focus on yourself, maybe for a good read. It will help you refuel physically and mentally.
  • Staying fit as much as possible for endurance of both the body and the mind. Yoga and meditation are great at keeping you healthy and in peace.

When life is threatened, survival instinct is on alert, but it can be exhausted quickly. Here are the tips I found useful for difficult times. What’s your emergency kit to cope up under stress?

6 thoughts on “Revolution’s emergency kit: 5 ways to handle stress under chaos”

  1. Great article, which also serves well in corona-times.

    I now literally tried for half an hour to find your last article on the lebanon-revolution to answer to your reply
    so I would suggest you replaceing your minimalistic menue with at least some complete archives – in a way home, about and blog are nothing more than selected articles.

    I wanted to ask you in which way the current government is new, but still revolutions are important (meaning that it is not really new).

    Can you sum up the chaos I got out of Wikipedia?
    1. 29 month deadlock (already indicating that there is trouble)
    2. Aoun elected
    3. revolution
    4. Hariri replaced by Aoun with Diab

    So my questions are:
    * Who was really corrupt and what did they do to attract so much outrage?
    * And what kind of parties do you have and which ones were/are your govenment?
    (If they are at all comparable to other countries parties – maybe your axis is not left-right but religious vs whatever, as it is in India where the cast-system overshadows the election)

    Thank you for your valuable education in advance.

    Ps: (due to above reasons I can’t search for another half hour to find that article to respond to)
    but being raised french is beautiful ! Foreign countries expland the mind – that’s what my parents always said.

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    1. I see you did your research and in a German way 🙂

      To sum it up, because it is really complicated, there are many parties. But the main parties who were involved in the civil war and who plays behind the current government now, are responsible for the corruption. So Lebanon is not a poor country but a robbed country.
      We have right and left parties but they are no big difference. Even the left is capitalistic. And we have 18 religions, each one related to a foreign country, which adds some difficulties to anyone who wants to govern
      Revolution stood against those parties and some names along them, because we want our money back. 80 billion $ robbed and mediocre public services.
      I hope I answered your questions. We are multilingual here but mainly we speak french or english or both

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      1. You liked my comment, so I like you – win-win ❤
        Thanks for your interesting insights.
        About my German research – in times of the internet I didn't want to look like an idiot, so I did at least make the first effort – yes, se Jermans are se obsessive efficient ones – someone recently posted on a youtube video that Germans have the least death rate in Europe because for them it simply is not efficient to die 😀

        18 religions – wow! I only knew about 3. In a way this is beautiful like the spanish Analuz once was: a peaceful coexistance of all Abrahamic religions, and I have seen that also happen in Malaysia (but someone told me that in reality this was not justly executed.)

        I wonder how you people know that 80 billion were stolen. There must be something to it, else you would not have so many people on the streets but I simply wonder how this did turn out.
        It seems to be true that in the aquarian age which just started every information seems to come out.

        Now I understand why you were french educated – french being one of the major languages.
        I actually thought that you would speak some kind of arabic dialect – fascinating – I learn to get to know a total different part of the world from you I never have had any contact with.

        About revolutions in general: I think the coronavirus did on one hand block worldwide protests from happening but on the other hand will shake up many parts of our society which up to now were considered to be unchangeable.
        Since I did bundle the meditation-course I currently write in 6-weeks packages I will have time in between to write some thoughts on societie's possible changes.

        What you said about the political left and right seems to apply to the entire world – the same in Germany,
        and I think the reason for it is that globalisation was not the tool for humans to grow together but only for neoliberalists to push their agenda which is why even communist China is ultra-capitalistic.
        I even wonder what in the world is left there from the original idea of communism.

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      2. And I want to add that Lebanese in general and Beirutis in particular feel related to Berlin because Beirut was split into east Beirut and West Beirut during civil war (1975-1990) but for different reasons.
        Also older lebanese generations are fans of Germany but for the wrong reasons and you know what I am talking about.
        Last but not least, nothing is too efficient for Germans 🤣

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      3. Interesting – yet again I learn new things from you: I didn’t know that you also were split – I only thought that Korea did have the same fate.

        Funny you mention the thing with the older Generation: I twice travelled through the world and it did happen to me there also, but from younger ones. Once in Jerusalem by an Arab Taxi-driver and once in India because they must have thought that the use of the Swastika was commendable.
        I consider myself to be lucky to have friends out of all cultures which prevents me to fall into any of those traps.

        Your East-West-thing triggered some subconscious dualistic stuff in me which I have to contemplate upon.
        The both of us do have some dualistic connection – we both just walk through that barrier,
        you still being at the side of a very sharp dualistic mind and me peeking into the non-dualistic dream world – both of us moving back and forth in and out of it – from dry analysis to indulging in the sensuality of poems etc…
        Some interesting breakthroughs lie ahead for the both of us – in very different ways and timelines.

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