OK, folks. I’m usually pretty healthy (except for a couple of chronic conditions for which I’m already treated) but these past 12 months, I’ve been sick a LOT. I got to thinking, “What’s gone on during this period?” and DUH. So I did a little research on the connection…
I found many articles — some in mainstream publications such as Psychology Today, some in a little more artsy-fartsy publications, such as one which (quoted and linked below) that, I think, describes what I’ve been fighting since the debates started.
I’m done. I can’t change what happened. I have a lot of feelings about it that a lot of the people around me don’t share but that, at least, is normal after an election. There’s really nothing I can do. I don’t want to be sick any more and if this emotional turmoil is adding to it, wearing down my immune system, or whatever, I don’t want it. I don’t think I want to go away from social media (too much good comes to me from it) but I might back away from people who post a lot of political stuff even though I might love them to pieces otherwise. I’ve been drawn into too many ugly “conversations”.
Anyway, here’s the article and if you happen to be like me — introverted and highly empathetic, and you just don’t feel good, it might be helpful to you, too.
Here are the main points:
Here are some tips to heal from the US election:
– Separate yourself from the emotions. Recognize that even though these sensations are occurring within you, they are not YOU. Knowing this will help you release what is not yours, and move on.
– Spend as much time as possible in nature. Nature is the empath’s primary source of healing and peace. It’s best if you can find a place where there are no other people.
– Express your emotions through your favorite art form. Empaths are naturally highly creative. The paintbrush, pen, and stage are our greatest weapons against emotional overload.
– Breathe. Deeply. Let the air and emotions circulate until they evaporate.
– Stop feeding the monster. The news, with all its conflict, sensationalism, and violence, is highly upsetting to empaths. It might be tempting to read all the outraging articles, CNN clips, tweets, and Facebook posts about the US election, but it will only make things worse. Take a social media hiatus for a while.
– Do your “woo woo” rituals to the nth degree. Empaths are known for being drawn to the metaphysical. There is no shame in loving shamanism, chakras, and sage clearings. Now is the time to dip into your treasure chest of spiritual magic. (In my case that’s number 2 up there but with a bad cold I can’t go out there; you see my problem)