I think it’s extremely fair to say that there is a plethora of emotions simmering across the country and by the looks of it, those emotions are going nowhere, fast. For the sake of argument, I created a list for either and both sides to tap into. As Americans we are all taking in the results of this past election and dealing with it in a number of ways. Personally, I had to jedi mind trick myself through meditation, reading the Dalai Lama and copious amounts of wine to get my head together. I don’t want to fight with people. I don’t want to be in a constant state of worry and stress. Am I annoyed at times, fed up, sad? Uhhh, duh. But I have to keep my sense of humor and spirit up or else I’ll be one pissed off lady. As a yoga instructor, wife, friend, sister, daughter, AMERICAN…that’s the last thing I want for me. In order to maintain normalcy but still fight my fight, I’ve come up with ways to help that happen. Here you go TSPs!
Roll a joint. Have a glass of vino. Make a mocktail. A little hooch never hurt anyone. Especially during a time like this.
Do something kind for someone. Need to do something to make yourself feel better about humanity? Buy a homeless dude lunch, donate some jackets, go rake your old ass neighbor’s lawn. Doing good for others is proven to help the mindset.
Chill the f out. No for real, we all need to chill out a tad. I’m pissed and heartbroken too, but walking around all disgruntled and pissed off (whether your candidate won or lost) isn’t doing your health or mindset any favors. I’m not saying don’t have emotions, have them! I’m just saying let’s stop, collaborate and listen.
Now with that being said, do something about it. If you’re not pleased and worried about our future as a country or that of your family’s, get involved. Have a voice. Show the world where you stand. Be loud and proud. Some people have their panties in a bunch because of last nights protests. Well I’ve got news for you. It’s a right as an American to assemble and protest. What? Do we want to take those rights away? That’d be pretty fucking weird, don’t you think? Can’t have it all folks. A little food for thought, it’s okay to not judge others. You’re not them, you may not understand what it is they’re fighting for. Just as they may not understand your vote or your decisions. Take a chill pill, homies.
Go have sex. For real. This is just one of a billion things I can think of that is more fun and interesting than talking politics. Give your brain on politics a break and go get weird in the bedroom. Not to mention all the benefits. Less stress and calories burned! Endorphins people!
Be grateful. In a world where it seems like things are just royally messed up sometimes, count your blessings. We can spend all day bitching about all the things we are pissed off about, but we can also spend a few moments focusing on all the good stuff we have in our lives, like our good health, family, friends, wine and Jeff Goldblum.
Oh and an 80’s James Spader!
Don’t ruin the holidays for everyone else. If family and friends are down with chatting politics, sweet! Perhaps if they just want to kick back, enjoy some jolly ass food, some mistletoe make out sessions and some spiced wine without all the political banter, don’t be an asshole. Let them have their holiday in peace.
It’s okay to have all the emotions you have. We are humans and we were gifted with the ability to experience emotion. Our mom doesn’t have that ability anymore, so coming from someone who sees a complete void in a human being on a regular basis, embrace your emotions, sort them out, do what you gotta do. If you need a good cry, cry it out. I get it. And if you’re happy with the results, you have that right as well.
Meditate until your nipples pop off. I mean, there is no negative side effect to taking a time out to tune in and focus on your breath. Plus, these days it’s super easy to let people get the best of you. Don’t allow it. Try it right this second. Close your eyes, take a giant breath in and say the word “inhale” to yourself, breathe out big and say the word “exhale”. Allow the word to match the length and speed of the breath. Now repeat that ten more times. It’s like taking a Xanax, you’ll see.
It’s ok to not fully accept him. Listen, not everyone accepts God, Jesus or Xenu. It’s ok to not be okay with what Trump stands for and how he treats other humans. We have our minds and hearts to make those decisions for ourselves.
Maybe step back from social media and the news for a bit. I haven’t watched the news since Tuesday evening because I majorly needed a media time out. Not going to lie, it feels pretty freaking good. When it comes to Facebook….buckle up buttercups! It’s like the wild west out there. Here are some ideas to help you handle social media.
Don’t let the hate of others dim your spirit. People have the ability to really get under each other’s skin and piss each other off. You may be going about your day and some butthole says or posts something and you’re all like, “what in the actual fuuuuuuck?” Blood starts boiling. Your thumbs start tap dancing all over your iPhone. Take a time out, take a deep breath and go on with your day. Make it a good one. Let them simmer in their own bubble of BS.
Don’t be an asshole. That is all.
Believe that anything is possible. Seriously though. If Hillary can almost become president and Trump can become president, well shit, just about anything is possible. Chase after your dreams people and never give up. And if you’re like me and you want to become a vampire, well, these days anything can happen!
Beat the hell out of a punching bag. This is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and get some anger out. Imagine whoever’s face on the bag and punch them in the nose 1000 times. You’ll feel great!
Have a sense of humor. Taking life way too seriously can cause premature wrinkles, stress and GI issues. Being pissed off with terrible diarrhea sounds like an awful way to go through life. Here are some memes to help lift your spirits.
Be kind to one another folks. XOXO
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