This has been a crazy election cycle. The good news? It's over. The bad news? Our country is extremely divided and unsure as to what is to come.
"There is a radiance about people who have settled into the idea of not knowing, it doesn't matter what's to happen or not to happen. They have found the inexhaustible treasure in the most obvious place of all." That was a quote from this morning's meditation, and I thought it was worth sharing. I liked it because not knowing is terrifying, but there is absolutely nothing we can do other than learn to sit with it.
So, I've thought on a few ways to help you sit with it...
Take a Social Media Vacation
There is far too much yelling on social media at the moment. Everyone thinks that their opinion needs to be heard and heard the loudest. You don't have to listen. If you're on the brink of a full on panic attack, it's your time to disengage. It's actually that simple. Just disengage and sit with your own thoughts. You are on your path to calm and clarity.
There are some amazing institutions at stake right now. While things like Planned Parenthood are legally protected, it doesn't mean that they can't withdraw essential funding to the organization. If you're worried, donate. If we all donate together, we can keep these organizations going even if we feel the system is failing us. This is one of the most productive things we can do for the children and teens of America.
Misery Loves Company
Okay, that sounds a bit dramatic, but get together with friends. If you want to talk about your fear or sadness, do it together. It will make you feel less alone and hugs are sometimes the best medicine. Cheesy, I know...But hugs release oxytocin, a hormone that helps reduce stress levels.
Save Your Dollars
With uncertainty, it feels nice to have a bit of a cushion in your bank account. While it may feel really nice to splurge (I get it. You're emotional), it's going to make you feel much better in the long run to have the financial security. So, take a bit out of each paycheck, put it in your savings and create an "OH FUCK" account.
I know! I know! People think I'm a total hippie when I suggest this, but meditating is great for clearing your brain. It helps your entire body relax by deepening your breath and centering your mind. This will help you slowly accept the idea that you don't get to control the future.
Yes, get at that Netflix. It sounds super silly but we're all exhausted after this week. Disengage with this world for a bit and enter a new one. With the release of Westworld and The Crown, you have a lot of choices this weekend. Don't forget to have a few snacks around because once you start, you might prefer to stay in that world for a while.
Rent A Child
Just kidding. I don't think they offer that service...yet. But in all seriousness, children are just so hopeful and loving and don't have a whole lot of ideas on what's happening in our political system...and that's the kind of energy you want right now. Make dinner plans with your friends with little ones, sit on the floor, and fight off Mr. Lego man with Army dude. Their imaginations are endless and hopefully, will inspire your imagination a bit too.
Head to the beach, the forest, the desert, or whereever else is calling you. It's a great way to reset yourself. The planet is your playground and that's how it is supposed to be. It's incredibly therapeutic to take yourself out of the busy, noisy world and get lost in a bit of nature. Forget about what may or may not come to pass and get some fresh air.