• Tamara Dias

5 Things I'm Doing Before, On, and After Election Day

This week is one that has been on my mind for quite some time. All of the television ads, yard signs, and debates have led up to election day this week. We’ve been inundated with tons of information being thrown at us, telling us who we should vote for.

… this blog post isn’t about "actual" voting.

It is about strategies and tools you can use to care for yourself this week. While the election is at the forefront of many of our minds, we are also in a global pandemic. I can’t stress this enough: you must make a plan to take care of yourself. If not, you can easily fall into a spiral of negativity that can be hard to break.

I shared on my Instagram that when I’m anxious or worried, I physically carry that stress with me. It shows up in my body language, my breathing, and my overall posture. With the roller coaster that 2020 has been, I’ve realized that I need to be even more diligent about taking care of myself. That’s why I wanted to share this blog post with five ways to be intentional about prioritizing your self-care during difficult times:

  1. Log off of social media: I could write an entire post about disconnecting from social media. Some days, I log into Twitter or Instagram, and I receive updates and news that I didn’t want to know. Recently, I’ve gotten better about using the “mute” feature and unfollowing accounts that can be harmful to me. This week, I’ll be setting aside time to log-off altogether.

  2. Tap into your community: I’ve made plans to spend time with a couple of friends this week. We’ll be gathering (outdoors, socially-distanced) just to chat, and I can’t wait. I’m fortunate to have an amazing circle of friends, and spending time with them eases the anxiety I feel throughout the week. Who can you spend time with (virtually or in-person)?

  3. Say no: This is not the time to take on added responsibilities. Many of us are struggling to carry the weight of our existing commitments. Remind yourself that it’s okay to say “no” and take some time for yourself. “No” is a complete sentence, so don’t feel like you need to give a ton of details.

  4. Get quiet: Meditation is something that I suggest for everyone. Even if it’s just five minutes, take a moment to get quiet and settle down from the noise. I know that taking time to meditate gives my brain just a few moments to pause and reset. Stop, Breathe, Think has some awesome guided meditations to try (for free). Click here to check them out.

  5. Set Boundaries: I am setting clear boundaries for conversations that I’m engaging in this week. If it’s not going to serve me well or boost my mental health - I’m not discussing it. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries around your interactions with colleagues and co-workers during this time.

Understand that caring for yourself is priceless - you cannot pour from an empty cup. This is a difficult time for us to process, and self-care has been my anchor as I try to make sense of the world around me. Create your plan for wellness and take this week one day at a time.

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