During the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, the nation found out who would be our next president. Most people have expressed worry, anger, frustration, and disappointment. Hopes and dreams of electing the first woman president were dashed into pieces. People are rightfully concerned not only about their future but also their children’s future. However, life must go on. Below are some tips on how to de-stress after the elections.

1. Count Your Blessings
There’s so much more to be grateful for. Every day, before you leave the house, and before you go to sleep at night, do the “Blessings Exercise.” Name five things you are grateful for. No blessing is too small or too big. This will stretch your gratitude muscle.

2. Be Mindful of Your Attitude
During this time, some people will say things that will aggravate you. Protect your space. Protect your heart. Some conversations are not meant to be entertained. Refuse to participate in hateful rhetoric.

3. Give Love, Respect, and Honor
Do you admire someone? It’s never too late to voice your appreciation for the people in your life.

4. Go Local
You can make a positive difference in your corner of the world. Find ways in which you can improve your community and the quality of life of your neighbors.

5. Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is crucial. You can’t help anyone if you’re a mess. Schedule time to do things that you love. Listen to positive music. Visit the park. Get your hair and nails done. Put the gym membership to good use.

6. Go on a Social Media Hiatus

Being bombarded with posts and opinions can take a toll on your psyche. Take a break from social media. It can be one hour or one week, but the exercise will quiet your mind. Remember, real life takes place outside of Facebook or Instagram.

7. Practice Your Faith
What a great time to practice or delve into your faith! Someone once said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” There’s still much work that needs to be done in our communities, and as we put the above-mentioned to practice, we will be better equipped to fulfill our purpose no matter who sits in the Oval Office.

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