We did not come to fear the future, we came here to shape it. -Barack Obama
As I look back at the election events that have unfolded the previous week, I realize what a huge impact it had on my productivity level and mindset.
In my strive to eliminate anxiety and create overall balance in my life, I often try to avoid situations that may trigger a pointless stress response. In this case however, it’s virtually unavoidable.It seems like everywhere I turn, I’m reminded of the hate and ugliness in this world. Division among family and friends, brutal attacks on those with opposing views, and burning of the American flag are a just a few of the disturbing events I had to witness.
Being someone who is generally sensitive to the world around me, I found it difficult to “turn off” the mind chatter and the “what if” thoughts that began to flood my brain. Because of this, I was unable to stay focused on the things that normally mattered to me.
Regardless of who my candidate was, the images shown in the news and social media literally left me feeling sick to my stomach. Witnessing such hate and negativity from both sides of the spectrum,I found myself needing to disconnect from it all in order to recover both mentally and physically.
I knew I wasn’t the only one to feel this way as I have heard many others like me come forth and admit the defeat they’ve felt over it all. What made it worse for me was the anger that sparked inside each time I was reminded of the terror going on nation wide; and even long after the videos stopped playing and the news was turned off, I replayed the hateful phrases, images, and actions in my mind over and over, getting more and more upset each time.
This was when I came to the realization that if I ever wanted to move past this, I needed to step away and refocus my energy in order to help “turn off” the stress response and disassociate my emotions.. Easier said than done, I know.
For those of you who were as deeply impacted by the craziness as me, I wanted to use this platform to remind you that A) You are not alone and B) You will recover. I put together some steps to take that will help ensure that you are giving yourself enough time to recover from both the mental and physical anxiety.
After giving myself a couple of days to recenter my energy, I finally feel ready to safely engage with others in a healthy, positive manner. I feel optimistic about our new President and am ready for the next chapter in our countries history!
God Bless America.