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Self Care After The Election

Well, what a week it's been. As we all know, elections, by nature, tend to be divisive, but this one in particular has been extremely polarizing. My Facebook newsfeed is littered with messages of fear and anger, as Im sure yours is too, so I wanted to write a post to help those of you who are suffering right now.

It is crucial that we all take excellent care of ourselves right now, and that we do what we can do reduce our stress levels at this time, as impossible as that may seem.

So, make sure this week to give yourself the time you need to process what is happening in our country. Here are some tips to help you navigate the storm.

1. Journal.
Write your feelings down. Get it all out. Its better to express your anger, despair, fear, and sadness than to keep it bottled up inside. When we dont express our feelings, a chemical reaction occurs in our bodies that produces stress and inflammation. This leaves us susceptible to illness. 

2. Breathe Deeply
When our bodies experience stress, it cannot tell the difference between a physical threat, such as a home intruder, and an emotional stress, like that which we are all enduring now. When we enter this "fight or flight" response, our bodies become systematically inflamed, and this can cause all sorts of illnesses. So breathe deeply, and this will help restore your bodies natural state. For my favorite breathing technique, which can be done in less than 2 minutes, click here.

3. Disengage from the negative
There is no use trying to get someone who cannot see reason to see reason. If they could see your side they would have by now. Accept where they are, as painful as this may be, and disengage for now. This is about liberating you from the negative tailspin. Place your efforts on creating positive change instead.

4. Rest
I cannot stress this enough. Your mind and body need rest. Give it a break and go to bed early. Watch your favorite funny tv shows and movies.

5. Do some gentle stretching or yoga
If you're anything like me, you feel anxiety physically. You can help your body release this static energy by stretching gently or doing some basic yoga. These practices also help to restore your body to its peaceful state. 

Remember, you have to take care of yourself if you're going to fight the good fight and better our planet.

Reach out and let me know how these tips worked for you.

Sending love and light to all of you today.

Allie

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