The election of Donald Trump earlier this month has upset many people. It may have seemed like a surreal episode of Survivor. When the votes were finally tallied, many people felt bewildered, confused, angry, blind-sided, frustrated, hopeless, betrayed, and fearful, while other rejoiced.
What should you do if you have overwhelming feelings? The simple answer is to take care of yourself, in the short-term and decide if there is any action you want to take for the longer term.
Today I want to provide some resources for Self Care.
- Acknowledge and feel your feelings
- Connect with others
- Limit social media and television
- Use healthy coping strategies
- Stick with your regular routine
- Express your feelings through art, dance, movement, song, or writing
- Ask for help from friends, mentors, clergy, or counselors
- Get involved in your community
- Host or join a conversation group
Jasmine offers Self Care for People of Color where she advocates for:
- mindful isolation by disconnecting from anything that might trigger you,
- connecting with community,
- exercising to discharge energy,
- asking for help from others, and
- taking care of your well being.
Jennifer offers 5 ways to use your journal for self care, including:
- exploring your feelings,
- clearing your mind,
- writing a gratitude list,
- forgiving yourself, and
- indulging in your dreams.
Another great resource for self care comes from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work and their Self-Care Starter Kit. Here you can find work sheets, assessment tools, exercises, activities, and tips for creating a self-care plan.
During this month of Thanksgiving and gratitude, I am thankful for all of these resources and ways to take care of ourselves, and in taking care of ourselves we are better able to care for others.