[INFOGRAPHIC] How To Protest – Protesting Tips From A Professional Camper
This article may be not the typical informative article you always find in this blog. However, the big issue we’ll tackle in a little while is something of utmost relevance to the nation, especially during this time.
Citizens must stand up for their rights, for the protection of the country, for the safety of people and its inhabitants, and for himself. It’s not true that citizens like us are no match against seemingly invulnerable oligarchs and abusive figures of authority because our combined sympathies and voices will overthrow any leader.
But what feasible thing can we do to voice out our opinions? One thing is to unite in a protest. Many do not believe in the power of protest. They even deem it as a waste of time. But when leaders and individuals occupying high positions take notice of the citizen’s outcries and struggles through protesters, everyone benefits. Always remember that real power lies within the hands of the citizens.
I’m sure you’re fully aware of protests happening in every corner of the country due to President Trump’s electoral win. Most Americans, including me, is not (in any way) in favor of the current president whose hasty actions are substantially affecting the people. And obviously, his manners, attitude, and the way he speaks and curses on national TV aren’t the stellar qualities of an American President. Admit it.
So before I explode here about my thoughts on Donald Trump, let’s get back to the real topic: preparing gears and most importantly, yourself, before protest day.
Setting Up Camp Days Before Protest
Protest camps are areas near a building or an institution where a group of civilized protesters plan out their protest. They can be pavements, grass lawns, and any flat surface where tents can be set up.
If you plan to join the group days before the protest for planning, sharing sentiments, and encouragement, then you’ll need a tent, food supplies, and other essential items.
Below is a checklist of things to prepare and bring by yours truly, a camper and a citizen of the best nation in the world.
Now that you know the essential things you need to prepare, the next thing you need to do is to prepare yourself. Since protesting will drain your energy, you should know the things that will boost and maintain your energy prior and on the day of the planned protest.
How To Boost And Maintain Your Energy Days Before The Protest
You might think now that you’re capable and protesting is an easy job – just raising boards and shouting. If it’s your first time to do so, I have the right to tell you that you’re wrong. Protesting is physically and mentally draining!
So it’s important to know the things that will boost and improve your energy days before the event to prepare your body.
1. Pack lightly
Carrying heavy loads will surely tire your body before the protest even starts. The camping gear should be the only heavy load you have to bring. All else- clothes, toiletries, and other stuff should be light as possible.
2. Avoid smoking and drinking
You should refrain from smoking and drinking weeks before the event. Smoking will weaken your lungs, cause insomnia, and curb your appetite. How can you chant consistently with weak lungs, right?
Drinking, on the other hand, will adversely affect your overall health. You should know by now that you’ve got to condition your body the best it can be to prepare it for the strenuous activities.
3. Try a different sleeping pattern
Trust me; you won’t get much sleep in the protest. Aside from all the long meetings, it’s pretty hard to sleep on a thin sleeping bag for days while covering your eyes from hearing all the outside noises.
To prepare for the sleepless days, you ought to try a different sleeping pattern. Omit a few hours of sleep every day for a week. Start with avoiding naps then move on to dropping your sleep to 7 hours the next day then 6 the next day and so on until your body adjusts. This way, you won’t feel the need to sleep the entire night on camp.
4. Eat right
No matter how assured you are that you’ll do fine with so little sleep, your body may still lose function if your food lacks nutritive value. It’s best to load up on energy-boosting foods such as whole wheat bread, fresh fruits, vegetables, and natural beverages.
We all know that exercise has a lot of beneficial benefits for the body. It strengthens the heart, reduces body fat, lowers cholesterol, improves blood circulation, and boosts mental capacity. All of these benefits will ensure that your body is in top condition for the event.
Now that the event is just around the corner and you’ve prepared all the things you need –protest signs, chants, effigies, and speeches, the one last thing you have to know is the things you can do to avoid fatigue.
Things That Can Combat The “Tiring” Feeling
1. Eat small snacks every few hours
Small meals will take less energy to digest, unlike having a one-time big-time meal which can leave you feeling sleepy and tired. Eat a good balance of carbohydrates, fibers, and protein which will boost your energy and make you feel fuller.
2. Limit caffeine intake
2-3 cups of coffee are enough to keep you alert and energetic for the whole day. You should avoid drinking coffee in the later afternoon and evening because it will keep you awake the whole night when you should be sleeping soundly for the next day of protest.
3. Take deep breaths and wash your face
Whenever exhaustion kicks in, try to sit in a corner and take successive deep breaths. It does wonders! The fatigued feeling lessens in a jiffy. Also, do wash your face with water for a refreshing feeling. You’ll feel alive again in an instant.
4. Keep your senses awake
Whenever you’re taking a break for raising protest signs or shouting your chants, never do nothing. While you’re sitting or lying down for a rest, keep your senses awake by listening to some tunes, chewing a piece of gum, or gazing at your surroundings. If your mind is not working, it will naturally head to nap mode.
5. Hydrate frequently
Sometimes, all we need is a glass of water instead of a cup of coffee. Fatigue is a sign of dehydration. A glass of water will replenish your energy and will also curb your cravings for food.
Casualties sometimes arise during protests. We can never predict the circumstances so it’s better to be safe and prepared than sorry. Your safety is our concern.
Also, a protest should be peaceful. You’re here to voice out your belief and opinions, not to brawl with anyone. So don’t start rambling and throwing provocative words with your fellow protesters, policemen, or soldiers. Policemen and soldiers, whatever what they believe is right, will always do the obligation assigned to them so don’t take it against them. Just do away with violence.