As the stunning results of last night's presidential election sink in across the country there are a fair share of mixed emotions. Regardless of who you supported in the race, one thing is certain: this election is unprecedented in so many ways. It's understandable that you may be feeling uncertainty and even anxiety this morning.
But placing personal opinions and ideologies aside, we think it's important that each of us check in with ourselves and with each other to make sure we're taking care of our emotional health and wellness.
Here are our suggestions for things you can do to relax, reflect, and restore today and in the days ahead.
5 Ways To Relect, Restore, & Relax Post-Election
1. Breathe deeply.
When you find yourself being sucked into the endless news coverage, a heated social exchange on Twitter or Facebook, or in a difficult conversation with your kids, loved ones, co-workers, and friends, taking a deep cleansing breath may be key to maintaining your well-being. Make an effort to stop and focus on your breathing when things start to feel overwhelming. Breathing in on a count of five and exhaling fully on a count of five, for five full cycles, can do wonders to help center yourself.
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2. Get out and move!
Get out and feel the power and strength of your body. Go for a walk, a run, a hike. Attend a yoga class, a dance class, or something new that challenges you in a physical way. Getting out of your head and into your body is sure to help change up your perspective. Plus the release of endorphins can help to reset your set of well-being and optimism for the future. We've got some good options ourselves that may help: Try tuning into one of Z Living's popular fitness shows, like Namaste Yoga, Class FitSugar,
or Fitness First.
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3. Make the effort to connect with someone.
Whether it's a loved one, a pet, or even a stranger, now is an important time to maintain your connection to the people around you who lift you up and make you feel supported. Spend some extra quality time with family doing a favorite activity with your kids, take your dog for an extra long walk, or throw the ball for them a few extra times at the park this afternoon. Give a friend a call, or better yet, a hug. Maybe just do something kind for a stranger today — holding a door, letting someone have your bus seat, or offering a smile to a passerby.
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4. Practice thoughtful, deep reflection.
The hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives sometimes leaves little time for thoughtful, deep reflection. If you don't have a daily practice or ritual that allows for this now is the perfect time to try your hand at meditation or to reconnect with your spiritual beliefs. Even spending a few moments thinking about how you can put your own values into practice in the days ahead may give you added piece of mind.
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5. Take the time to relax.
A lot has weighed heavily on all of us during these last few weeks. Now is a great time to let loose and relax a little. Whether that means a night out with friends, a weekend get-away, or just a nice long bath, it's a great time to recharge your mental and emotional batteries.