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Wellness Wednesday: How to Care for Yourself During Election Week and Beyond

What Do I Need
(Courtesy of Health Promotion and Wellness)
As I write this, none of us knows how the next few days will play out. Stress and anxiety are high for most of us, and the stakes are at an unimaginably high level. Right now, there is not much in our control. What is, however, is how we react and treat one another.

Begin your self-care with a check-in. Acknowledge your feelings and ask yourself “How am I doing?” and “What am I feeling?” Wait for the answer before acting and responding. Sit with your feelings and thoughts, no matter how uncomfortable, ugly or scary they may be. You may want to write them down, yell them out or reflect inwardly. No matter how you answer, give yourself the space to answer and listen to yourself.

Next, ask yourself “What do I need?” What do you need to go on with your day, to show up in the way that you want to and to support yourself? Again, take the time to sit with your feelings and thoughts even if it takes you a few seconds or minutes to answer this question. If you’re unsure, ask yourself this question again or later in the day. Let yourself respond and then give yourself what you need.

Here are some other ways to relax, de-stress and get through these difficult times:

  • Take time to yourself.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people (virtually).
  • Be patient with yourself and others.
  • Care for your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical self.
  • Unplug from social media and news.
  • Get involved with something you love to do.
  • Get rest.
  • Take time off.
Another exercise that can be helpful is this one: Answer the questions, as described above,​ to find what you need to truly care for yourself.