This morning, before we got started, Katy and Laura made a point to acknowledge that today is going to be a struggle for a lot of people. Election Day feels like the culmination of everything that we’ve endured this year. To say that emotions are high is the understatement of the year.
We have all been through the wringer this year, we’re all still in the midst of ever-changing and somewhat chaotic times. If you need to openly admit that you’re feeling it more today than you have in the past several months, then do so.
You may feel helpless or determined. Anxious or afraid. You may even feel like you want nothing more than for it all to be over. Even still, you may just feel numb.
It doesn’t have to be political or partisan. You are a human being having very human feelings.
If you knew this day was going to be tough, or you are just now realizing that it’s affecting you, acknowledge that. Sit with it and take notice of how it feels in your body.
Be very intentional in what you consume today, in all forms.
Understand that in these early hours, you’re going to get hit with a lot of information, but very few facts.
Practice care with yourself and your loved ones. Do all of the corny things you see in memes.
Do a loving-kindness meditation. Smile at a stranger. Take a walk. Eat well. Take a nap.
Watch your favorite movie or television show. Listen to your favorite songs and have an impromptu dance party.
Send silly GIFs to your friends.
Express gratitude for the ability to cast a vote.
Don’t resist talking about your feelings, but make sure you are doing it in a safe space where you feel heard.
Protect your space.
Get out from behind your screen and be a part of the world that is not carefully curated to evoke particular emotions from you.
Remember that we have more in common than what we feel divides us.
Above all, remember that we are resilient beings and if we can lead with love and compassion, we can move mountains.