I’ve voted; the tally is in and Donald Trump is the president-elect. Although controversy still exists related to the election, the deed is done. Now we must heal and move on in a direction that best serves us. 2016 has been a stressful year. For many 2017 can’t come soon enough.
In the meantime, we must deal with the matter at hand: uncertainty. Uncertainty nurtures anxiety and depression leading to stress and an increasing need for medical and mental health. Since the election, I hear there is an increase in calls to suicide prevention hotlines.
Here are some tips to remember in these uncertain times.
- Watch what you ask yourself. As Pema Chodron writes in “Comfortable with Uncertainty,” practice loving kindness with yourself.
- Be proactive. Practice goodwill by randomly hugging your child, your mom or dad, your husband or wife. Pet your cat or dog. If you need more emotional massage, this is the perfect time of year to volunteer at a shelter or food bank.
- Allow yourself to vent. Set a timer and vent for 5 minutes with yourself, your spouse, your friends. Yell, cry, stomp your feet for the 5 minutes, settle, and go on with your day. If you need a reminder ask yourself “What would Jesus or Mohammed do?” Read below the path of the Dalai Lama
“It’s OK to freak out, grieve, and vent for a while. Holds each others’ hands. Then we can get back to work, as always, for the good. Think of what the Dalai Lama has gone through in his lifetime. He maintains daily practice, he maintains kindness for everyone, though he has lost his country and his culture at the hands of a brutal regime. Yet he doesn’t hate the Chinese and finds redeeming features in them. He maintains his sense of humor. He has turned his tragedy into a teaching for the world. Lets do the same.” ~ Norman Fischer
Most of all practice compassion for yourself. I know you can do it.
Cheers to a day of gratitude