2020 Post-Election Day Self-care Tips
The 2020 election has weighed heavily on many of us. No matter what the outcome, it’s important to take care of yourself, recharge, and reconnect. Whether you need to feel active or need to rest, here are some ways to practice self-care in the days that follow:
- Check in on loved ones, via phone call or online. You might need to feel connection with others right now. A great way to do that while also keeping yourself physically distant is by making a call or talking online.
- Stop clicking and rest. Go to bed early and ignore the political commentary. It may take more than one night to count all of the votes. You might feel mentally and/or physically exhausted and need to rest. Listen to your body and get the rest you deserve.
- Demonstrate safely. You might feel the need the go out and stand up for the rights of yourself and others. COVID-19 is still a concern, so practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands regularly.
- Help with mutual aid. It can help to remember that you are not alone in this. You might want to use the resources you have and donate goods or funds to people who need it.
Helpful Self-care Resources
- 1-800-273- TALK (8255)
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective a non-profit organization that focuses on removing barriers to mental health and healing for Black people.
Their website provides graphics, journal prompts, videos and resources for use with patients and families. BEAM also provides links to locating therapists for people of color across the United States.
Liberate is a free meditation app led by and for BIPOC designed to reduce stress and promote relaxation in a stressful environment.
- Mindfulness Self Check-in Videos
Take time to focus and practice mindfulness in this guided mindfulness series by Howard Brown’s Behavioral Health Services. Learn more about stress, breathing exercises, and more.
- Howard Brown has been providing free virtual support groups throughout the pandemic and offers behavioral health and counseling services.
We want to assure you that no matter what the final results of this election are, Howard Brown will always be here for our community. We will continue to uplift each patient who walks through our doors and provide excellent and affirming care to all who seek it. Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to work toward a more just world together.