I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations on the way home yesterday and the news broadcaster announced that 55% of Americans feel anxious about the outcome of today’s election.
And, I understand all of it. I understand that fear is a normal emotion. If I think about the possible outcomes of the election and what could follow too long, it can be a little overwhelming. This is a wonderful time to focus my attention on the things in my life that I am able to control.
Instead of dwelling on the outcome of the election and the many disturbing events that might follow, I decided to plan accordingly and increase my level of self-care during this time. This idea was inspired by Therapy for Black Girls! I saw that they posted an Election Self Care Plan on Instagram.
So I thought, why not come up with my own?!
Here’s my election self-care plan:
Check-in on people
There are some goodies that I need to bake this week. I plan to bake a breakfast casserole and a loaf sized pound cake. This pound cake actually has applesauce instead of eggs. YUM, right? I was told that this makes the cake really moist but I’ll let you all know how this turns out.
Pray and meditate on scripture more
I can try to rationalize these things and create all these wonderful strategies on how I’ll do things but I have to be still and simply hear from God. I need to be comforted during this time and He is the best person to receive comfort from.
Spending less time on social media
I like to write poetry. I do not think that I am a poet though. I like to sometimes write out my feelings in this form. I’ve written poetry off and on for years. As I reflected on the election, this is an excerpt of what came to mind:
An Election Psalm:
“Lord, regardless of who wins this election
You are my king!
I know regardless of the outcome,
You are in control of all things.
Help me to rest in you.”