I’ve gotta admit, I’ve been in a funk since the election, and I know I’m not alone. No matter who you voted for, the general sentiment of our nation seems “off.” As I’m trying to stay positive and get myself into a better headspace, I figured it called for a little post-election wellness prescription. If anyone else needs to be on the plan with me—or a feel-good recipe in general, here it is:
Ladies night – Get your girls together and host a night celebrating women. Whether that’s watching an inspiring movie with a female lead like Erin Brockovich, or just talking about your fears and feelings, get together to continue the conversation and action of empowering women.
Digital detox – Steer clear of CNN, Facebook, and tech in general. Clear your mind of the clutter and give yourself a break from the noise. Don’t go back until you’re ready.
Get involved – Start a list of what’s most important to you, then research ways to get involved in local politics or programs. Share what you’re doing with friends in case they too are interested.
Find gratitude – I love doing this whenever I’m feeling blah, but it seems especially important right now. Create a list of every single thing you’re thankful for. Look back at the list each morning, and add to it whenever you want.
Do something good – Whether that’s cleaning out your closet and donating to Goodwill, or volunteering at a local shelter, find something that’ll make your soul happy. Spread the love!
Get inspired – Spend your time before bed reading a book about an inspiring woman or person. I suggest Eat Pray Love, Wild, or Sister Outsider depending on what you’re feeling. Anything about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is incredibly inspiring to me, too.
Let go of emotions – Sometimes, we all need a cry, a scream into a pillow…or a serious boxing session. The need to get emotions out is natural and healthy, so find a safe way to do so.
Pamper yourself – Because a little face mask (and maybe a bottle of wine??) never hurts!
I really do hope those ideas help, no matter what you believe in. If you need more self-care tips, here’s another list.