The nation has experienced something of a political hangover after the long and drawn out election finally came to a close. Despite your political views it can be safe to say that this election was one of the more sensational and divisive. Racial tensions and anti-semitic fervor were rampant throughout the campaign of both democratic and republican candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Riots and protests have ensued in the wake making citizens of America nervous wrecks regarding what more unpleasantness may be to come.
If you feel in desperate need of an outlet from the madness and hysteria of this year’s presidential election you’re not alone. Individuals in the addiction recovery community are especially prone to relapse in seemingly hopeless situations such as the times we are in now. It is in this dark and uncertain climate that we need to uplift the country’s morale and dig ourselves up out of this mess using every possible aid at our disposal. The following are a few tips for addicts and sober individuals alike who are in need of some positive inspiration.
1. Self-Care Rituals
When caught up in the quagmire that is the presidential election it can be easy to overlook our own personal care routines. During the frenetic pace of election we tend to neglect our health and wellness only to the detriment of ourself. A daily self-care ritual can go a long way in restoring those good vibes you’ve been deprived of over the course of the last year. The following rituals are excellent for inducing health and relaxation. Look to incorporate some of these to your daily routine.
- Evening cup of tea
- Bedtime bath with epsom salt
- Applying essential oils
- Burning incense
- Lighting candles
These are just a few effective methods of winding down after a long day. Feel free to experiment with any combination of these and modify them how you please. The power in ritual is the intent behind it. For your rituals to have a lasting and powerful impact you must charge them with your beliefs and intentions.
2. Visit a Spa
There is perhaps no better way to soothe your post election melancholy than a trip to the spa. Spending an entire day devoted to nothing but pampering and indulging yourself can have an immediate effect on your wellbeing. It is surprising how just a mani pedi followed by massage and steambath can radically transform our prospects about the future.
Allocate some money every month to treat yourself to a day at the spa. The novelty of it will never wear off because it is just that pleasurable and the effects stay with you even after your treatment has ended.
3. Unplug the Television
A media detox is always a good idea especially after the constant exposure we are bombarded with on the news during the election year. A little time spent just alone left to our own devices (and no not smartphone devices) will do you a world of good. We don’t often realize the power the media has our on subconscious mind.
Like everything in life this doesn’t have to be done in an all or nothing fashion. Begin by cutting back on your consumption of TV and internet every day by an hour. Take a walk in nature instead. By gradually dialing back your media consumption you will condition yourself to learn how to eventually prefer living without it completely. Your mind and psyche will thank you.
4. Clean up Diet
Our diet is probably the single greatest factor in determining our overall mood. Getting enough magnesium from dark leafy greens and omega 3’ from fish can by itself make an enormous improvement in our general health. Make sure to aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep and night as well. Just as important as including whole plant based foods is to ensure you are avoiding the wrong items. The worst culprits to steer clear from can be represented with the acronym S.C.A.T.
By incorporating just a few of these measures into your life the woes of the 2016 presidential election will be diminished significantly. A little of these can go a long way on keeping you bright and optimistic for America’s future. By first working on ourselves by showing compassion and forgiveness can we truly bring about change for the free world.