3 ways to stay mindful post-election
Now that the election has officially come to a close, many Americans are feeling more stressed and anxious than ever. No one predicted such a close race, and while this was a controversial election year, we have to remember one thing: we are in this together. We have to believe we will get through this difficult transition.
It’s easy to get swept up in all the political controversy, but we have to reframe our perspective to focus on the strength of our country and staying calm amidst the chaos.
Here are three ways to stay mindful:
1. Limit your social media time
Scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter news feed will only add to your stress level. Most of us are exhausted and need a mental break. Let’s take a deep breath, and step away from technology to recharge our batteries.
2. Choose kindness
Think about how much energy you consume when you’re in survival mode – a state we move into to protect ourselves from the unknown. What we often forget is that the unknown doesn’t have to necessarily be negative. Be kind to yourself, and treat others with kindness. By doing so, you are setting the example for the kind of country we want to live in. Set the stage for others to follow.
3. Focus on the positive and what you can do
As a mentor of mine taught me: “You can’t move into the future living with the emotions of the past.” Leave the past behind, and move into a future with curiosity. Take each day as it comes, live life for yourself and find joy in what you do.
What will you do to stay mindful post-election? Share your comments with me!
There are three events that have occurred in the world afterwhich I turned off media and went out into my communities with open arms and heart to help bring calm. The death of Princess Diana,
9-11, and the election on November 8, 2016. People were sad and scared and lost after the first two events. Now I see many people speak angrily and glare because the “wrong” candidate won. Clinging to anger, not letting go of what has happened, not walking forward. I have said for the past six months that we will all have the same President-elect the morning after election day. ” How To Stay Calm Amidst The Chaos ” is both a question and an answer.
Well said Ellen, and thank you for sharing. This country has endured a lot of hardships, but we’ve always emerged stronger than before. And we will do it again.