Today is hard.
Fear has been at the forefront throughout this election for women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, Muslims, and other marginalized Americans.
Now, their worst fears have been realized: Donald Trump has been declared the next president of the United States. This overwhelming announcement has taken a toll on the entire country. That's why it's the perfect time to focus on compassion and respect for each other — and for ourselves.
We need to make time to recharge and heal. We must find the strength within us to push forward. That requires self-care. So, we found 13 self-care practices and reminders to get us through this.
Your physical, mental, and emotional health matters.
Indulging in healthy practices isn't an act of selfishness. It's an act of bravery.
Allow yourself to simply feel.
Emotional labor can take a toll on you.
You are allowed to express your emotions.
Far too often, crying is stigmatized as cowardice or weakness. Let it out for as long as you need to.
An environment with positive energy is necessary for your healing.
Find your "home" and thrive in it.
Process this election at your own pace.
Remove yourself from toxic spaces, and do things that bring you joy
Laying on the couch and reading a book is a good start.
Nourish your soul and recharge.
Take your meds, breathe fresh air, go for a walk — whatever you do, do it for you.
Do not feel guilty about pressing the pause button if you're feeling overwhelmed.
We're not meant to always be "on."
Do not feel obligated to keep ties with those who penalize you for your emotions.
You get to choose your ride or dies.
Yes, even the little things count.
It's not going to be easy, but remind yourself that you are allowed to have balance and tranquility in your life.
There are no rules to this.
Be kind to yourself in your process.
And in case you needed to see it/"hear it" one more time:
You will get through this.