January 21st. It is an important day in United States history, and one that is causing a lot of stress and anxiety for Americans. If you are particularly nervous about your future, review some of these tips to reduce anxiety on Inauguration Day:
Find some space to breath alone.
In the midst of all of the madness on social media, take some time to disconnect and breathe. I know it sounds basic, but staying grounded during times of intense anxiety is crucial. If you need a hand starting out, check out apps like Calm.com or a myriad of guided mindfulness meditations.
Get active. Get involved. There are plenty of events happening across the country, notably ones like the Women’s March on Washington (and in many other cities). Do some research for causes that are important to you and decide to come together on January 21st.
On inauguration day, if you cannot make it to one of the larger organized events, just meet people you trust for coffee or tea. Taking some time to air your concerns with close friends and family does the body and soul good- once you can get things off your chest, you’re in a much better position to go act.
Be An Ally.
Speaking of acting, there is still plenty of work to do. Feet on the ground NOW is more important than ever. Plenty of organization need ongoing volunteers to help with important causes, many of which have been under stress due to the recent election. Organizations like Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter continue to spread awareness- you, too, can be part of the change. In addition to taking part on activities on January 21st, consider joining an organization you support and offer your time and resources to help offset the backlash this election has caused.
When they go low, we go high. One of the best ways to break stereotypes and challenge peoples’ assumptions is to take the high road. There are a lot of intense emotions from both sides of the aisle. After you’ve taken a breath, signed up for 1/21/17 events, had a good heart to heart with a friend and made a commitment to organizations you care about, you will be in a much stronger position to take the highroad when faced with confrontation from those with very different viewpoints from you. Remember, you will be glad you did in the end.
Finally, I will leave you with some excellent tips from Kati Morton, LCSW:
By: Samantha Fairfield, Anxiety In Teens Contributor