How to Pick Yourself Back Up

Whether you are exhausted from the presidential election or some other life stress, here are some ways to pick yourself up today:

  1. Focus on what is in your control. Voting is an important freedom to exercise and we should all take time to inform ourselves before we cast a vote but it is no longer in our control. Step away from the media and draw inward. What projects do you have going on? Who can you help today? Where can you participate within your community? This election season seems to have everyone in touch with what matters to them, so act on it! Don’t wait for one elected official.
  2. Turn away from media and have a quiet dinner with the people you love. Media outlets are experts at increasing negative emotion. Whether it is fear, anticipation, or hopelessness, the media will find a way to magnify these feelings. Give yourself and your loved ones space from that powerful force.
  3. Be Kind. Smile at one another. Open a door for someone. Get rooted in the present moment you are in, no matter where you are.
  4. Breathe deeply. Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four, and pause for four counts, repeat.

Be here now. Choose your focus.

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