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Weeks from starting first congressional term, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces 'self-care' sabbatical

Tough road ahead, apparently...

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Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has not officially embarked on her new career as a congresswoman — but she's already announced a "self-care" sabbatical.

What are the details?

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-avowed democratic socialist, who is heading into her freshman term in Congress, announced the break Monday. Her announcement comes 2.5 weeks before she is officially sworn in as the representative for New York's 14th congressional district.

And of course, Ocasio-Cortez's announcement was seething with political dogma.

"I'm taking a few days to take care of myself before what is sure to be an eventful term," she said in a tweet. "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."

In a related Instagram story, Ocasio-Cortez urged her followers to share their best "self-care" tips. She later admitted that her campaign for Congress has taken a toll on her physical and mental health.

"I neglected myself in the process," she wrote on Instagram, referring to her campaign. "Before the campaign, I used to practice yoga 3-4x/week, eat nutritiously, read and write for leisure. As soon as everything kicked up, that all went out the window."

Ocasio-Cortez later pledged to maintain a "raw and honest" posture with her constituents and followers, commenting that public servants "do a disservice to our communities by pretending to be perfect."

What is Ocasio-Cortez doing for 'self care'?

She told her followers that she decided to travel to upstate New York to "spend a few days in the middle of nowhere."

She will be sworn into Congress on Jan. 3.

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