Before you read this post, stop for a moment and take a couple of deep breaths. Now, think about the past week or so. On a scale of 1-10, how stressed were you about what's happening politically? Take a moment to evaluate it. Now, using that same scale, how much did you feel comforted, warmed, safe and loved? What number seems to fit for that combo of feelings? If all is well w/ you, the first number (stress) will be below five. And the second (comfort, etc.) will be above five. Hopefully, well above it.
Comfort is not a Luxury, it's Essential
That statement is actually the most important message in this post. When life gets stressful, it's easy to believe that stressed out is the only reasonable or possible response. In the past, I lived that way for years. So I totally understand thinking that way.
When life goes wrong, you expect to feel bad about it, and if the "going wrong" is a terrible, awful, and unexpected devastation that seems beyond your control, then your first feelings will probably beat you up a bit. And that is normal!
But the point I want to make is that you can't afford to stay there. I urge you to begin to try to rescue yourself from those feelings. Every day. Several times a day. And I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that this post will help!
What Soothes You?
For me, it's hot chocolate, curling up on the couch with a book, watching a Hallmark movie, spraying or wearing vanilla, lighting candles, or laughing & hanging out with my son. How about you?
Remember that You're not Alone
People are marching here in the states & all around the world. That means that more people feel the way you do & want the changes you want, then don't. We are stronger together!
It warms my heart to see the protests, to read about people's outrage on Twitter, to hear that some things have been protested away, already. And I like to open my heart to the feeling of being connected to that energy, because it makes me feel connected to all of that love & strength.
If that helps you, too, or could, spend time thinking about it, and trying to connect.
Dive into Spirit Guide Reassurance
There was a moment, weeks after the election, when it dawned on me in a moment of clarity, that this presidency was really going to happen and it might be a while before someone or something rescued this country from the abyss we'd fallen into.
Right after that, I began to feel anxious all the time. I couldn't sleep, I kept wanting to cry, and my resting heart rate was way too high. I felt like a little child whose world felt upside down, and who didn't know if everything would be alright.
And in the middle of all of that mess, I started to hear guidance that I was meant to help the other people feeling the way I did. That that was my new assignment. Can you imagine?
So one morning, I decided to have a longer spirit guide connection time than usual, and I just poured my heart out! I admitted to all of my feelings, said I was a long way from the trust I knew I would need to have. And I asked for both help & reassurance.
And it was there! I felt surrounded by love, and knew I was getting the message that I would be okay, and that eventually, everything would. When I got up from the couch to begin my day, I didn't feel trust or peace yet, but I felt a little glimmer of hope. A spark that shifted things for me.
And in the days & weeks after that, my trust began to grow. I began to believe that everything will be alright and that the Otherworld has our back. And I felt supported as I began to create the plan for my post-election survival kit and the blog posts (like this one) that would be a part of it.
As you begin to reach out for reassurance and guidance, which spirit guides would you like to start with, today?
The tenderness of god, the mother
The enchantment & delight & strength of your faery guides
The healing & loving warmth of your unicorn guide
The safety & protection offered by Archangel Michael
Other spirit guides & how to meet your spirit guides
"The home is the one place where we can be ourselves and shut out negativity from the world outside. It's so important to have a place where we can go and feel protected from it all. It's something we all deserve." -Pia Edberg, The Cozy Life
Take a moment to imagine walking into a home like that, where the sense of comfort & warmth wrapped itself around you the moment you walked though the door. Where you felt safe as you closed the door behind you. And felt the anticipation as you walked in because of all the delights you had planned. Can you feel those feelings?
That's what you deserve, along with everything else you want. But more than that, it's what you need right now. Or else the world is going to wear you out. And as you know, right now, that is much more likely than usual. Take a deep breath when you walk in, and try to let the stress go.
What would it take for you to feel that sense of release?
My first thought is that I need to get rid of the clutter. Because that's what I see on the landing when I first walk in. I'm just not sure where to put that stuff, or the stuff taking up space in my bedroom.
But I've been clutter-free before, and it makes a powerful difference! Smiling when you walk in the door, being glad to be home again, feeling a sense of lightness as you walk anywhere you'd like without wincing because every square inch please you.
So that's my first recommendation: if you don't love it & haven't been using it, get rid of it. You won't believe how much better you'll feel at home. And you need that right now.
I also want to suggest making your home as cozy as you can. Creating a great place to curl up with a good book. Snuggling up under throws if you get cold. Candles or scents that add sweetness or remind you of heartwarming memories. Heart-tugging pictures of those you love or adore.
And spend time in ways that nourish you. Having a cup of hot chocolate, soaking in the tub while listening to beautiful music, watching movies, sitting on the porch or balcony w/ a cup or glass of tea.
What else comes to mind? Your sanity & peace of mind is worth the effort it might take to create a home that welcomes & comforts you.