How to Detox From The Election
Most of us are electionally hungover. Here's how to detox and get back to you.
I'm feeling it just like you are. I was up late and managed to get some self-care in before I watched the election. Once I started feeling 'blah' and realized how unsettled I felt upon waking this morning, I decided I was going to feel the feels, let them go and get on with doing me. That includes having to detox from election night.
How do you go about 'detoxing' from the negative feelings, emotions, shock and even Facebook comments? Here are 6 things that I have found that helps.
1. Don't let fear get the best of you.
Yes, you may be disappointed. And if you aren't, great. Please share your hopeful and positive attitudes. Hold space for those who are scared for their future. Fear is a funny thing. It can immobilize you, make you your own worst enemy and keep you from living the life you want. Don't ever forget to take life day-by-day, be in the moment with your friends and family and do something opposite of fear; love fiercely and with all your heart. No one can take that away from you, not ever.
2. Ground yourself (and go to your room, mister!)
I am partially kidding here. Really, go to your room and make yourself relax. Read a book, meditate, get your comfy jammies on, flop on the bed with fluffy pillows, have a glass of wine if you want and just veg. Taking walks also help with feeling grounded. Remember, others have been disappointed in elections before and have felt the same way you are right now. You are not alone. Anchor yourself by realizing what you can and cannot control. The answers of 'what' you have to do next, will come later. For now, give yourself a break from it all.
3. Hot bath (wine optional)
There isn't anything in the world like a steamy, hot bath when you feel overwhelmed. For centuries, baths have been awesome ways to detox, release and let go. I love putting 1-2 cups of baking soda in mine. It makes your skin really soft and has been said to help pull out stress and toxins. I also add several drops of my favorite-smelling essential oil or find one specifically for stress. And a glass of organic red wine (I love one called Our Daily Red) never hurt a thing either. In fact, recent studies have shown a glass of red wine to be as effective as an hour in the gym.
4. Turn off social media.
I don't care what you have to do. Set the phone down and back away, sssllloooowwwllly. Then run like hell in the opposite direction and fill your time with something you love doing. Dance like a maniac, sing at the top of your lungs, try a crossword puzzle, plant a garden, go visit a friend face-to-face and have a real, heart-to-heart conversation. Whatever you do, step away and live life. It helps your brain focus on yourself internally and not what is going on externally. It's like the saying, 'Be the change you want to see.'
5. Feed your body well.
Food is a big factor when it comes to detoxing. I'm not talking about 'going on a detox' or cleanse. I'm talking about being mindful about healthy choices. When we eat healthier, we feel healthier. When we make conscious choices about how we fuel ourselves, like I do at Fresh Blends daily, we are making a choice for ourselves. We are voting for our own well-being and winning every time. It becomes a habit overtime and you'll be feeling better almost instantly.
For the love of all that is good in this life, laugh with reckless abandon. Call your funniest friend. Watch comedies, YouTube videos or go to the mall to watch someone slip on nothing and just laugh like the jerks we humans are. Belly laugh until you cry, snort laugh and then laugh some more. It is a great medicine and healer.
I don't care what side of this election you are on, this video ((****NSFW*NSFW**** I mean, really, not safe for work) is hilarious. Here, have a laugh on me, or this guy, or whatever. Just laugh already.