Emotional Health · Politics

After the Election: Tips for Finding a Way Forward

  • Practice self-care: We should all be doing this anyway, but it can fall by the wayside. What are you doing for your own care? In the time you’re saving not being on social media, use some of that time for yourself. Take a walk; read a book; have tea with a friend (and talk about something other than politics); practice mindfulness; exercise. Figure out what works for you. For me, that has meant long walks with my dogs. I put on a non-political podcast or music and let myself escape.
  • Reach out to those who may be feeling on the outside: This election has drawn attention to our differences and further marginalized individuals who were already on the edge. Our diversity makes us richer. Consider ways to support inclusion and celebrate our differences.
  • Support the change you want to see in the world: If you are financially able, donate to causes you believe in. Make your support sustaining, by offering a recurring donation. If you can make time, volunteer and share your talents. Get involved in your community. Be part of that change.

Much of this election was unprecedented. We all need to take time to gather ourselves and figure out how to move forward and work together to create a future for all Americans.

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  • Tara Dillard November 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Read with curiosity. Looking for, at a minimum, a hint of the sacred amongst the profane. Perhaps mindfulness is your gray area? Not a criticism toward you in the least. It’s an awareness after having read several such lists since the election. None, included the sacred. Even our Constitution includes the sacred.

    More than surprised, after going to a 12-step program for friends/families of alcoholics how much sacred is mixed with the profane.

    Again, not a negative about your list, just curiosity. Thanks for your care in helping to others.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T