How to ease election anxiety

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I’m not sure how tomorrow will go (or the rest of the month for that matter). Uncertainty, stress and anxiety — yes, I feel it too. When the pandemic started, so many of us felt like we had lost a sense of control. This seems to be the theme of 2020 because again, apart from casting our ballot and supporting the officials and causes we care about, we can’t control or predict the outcome of this election. In fact, we can’t even be certain when a winner will be announced.

As the events of 2020 show us, the certainty we attach to our routines, other people or the circumstances of our life is temporary and can change at any time. This year really pushed me to seek certainty and peace from within myself. I feel like I am dancing this dance of cultivating certainty from within while still being present and engaged in everyday events. And this takes courage. More courage, I might add, than performing classical dance in front of a large audience as I did in years past.

I know that you are right there with me. So today I am sharing 5 tips that help me to strengthen my courage during these uncertain times. I hope these 5 practices awaken the courage that lies within you, always.

1. Start your day with something that nourishes you.

If you could start your day in any way, what would you choose? What would fuel you and energize you for the day to come? Hint: there are no wrong answers. For me, it’s myofascial rolling and Yoga.

Let’s brainstorm. It could be:

  • Meditation
  • Sleeping in…
  • Journaling my thoughts, feelings and dreams
  • Dancing by myself
  • Running with music
  • Reading inspirational words
  • Etc.

The key is to do what nourishes YOU!

2. Sit cross-legged on the floor. Close your eyes. Breathe deep and slow for 10 breaths.

As you breathe in, say to yourself “I’m breathing in.” As you breathe out, say to yourself “1.” And continue counting up to 10 with every exhale.

3. Enjoy fresh air and spend 10 minutes outdoors.

Notice how the air feels on your face, the shapes of the clouds and the ground beneath your feet. Nature is incredibly healing and grounding.

4. Process your emotions.

When you feel overwhelmed, instead of resisting your emotions and pushing through, try processing your emotions. This means FEEL your feelings by writing them down, talk to a loved one, talk to a therapist or just move your body and let the emotion move through your body.

5. Be gentle with your to-do list and goals.

It’s okay if you don’t get everything checked off your list this week. Getting through this week and maintaining your sanity is ENOUGH. Be kind to yourself.

How can you implement one or more of these into your life immediately?

Remember, if you are dealing with a mental health issue, please consult a mental health professional or your medical provider.

In mindfulness,

Megha

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Mindfulness made simple. Keep up with me at @meghatiwaricoach on Instagram!

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Megha Tiwari

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Mindfulness made simple. Keep up with me at @meghatiwaricoach on Instagram!

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