I have not been sleeping well for months now. I was worried by the hate that Trump encourages, troubled by his proposals, and I was afraid he could win the general election. Since November 8, my sleep has been worse. The sleep I get is sound. The problem is falling asleep, and worse, I will wake up 2-3 hours earlier than I want. My mind races with anxiety, fear and things I must try to do to fight all that is unfolding.
I know I'm not alone. For many, I think self-care is even more elusive. In conversation with people and in the media, I hear person after person say how Trump's (Electoral College) win is affecting them: depression, eating way too much junk food, relying on alcohol to numb their feelings, sleeping too much, not sleeping enough, loss of appetite, no longer exercising, having nightmares, constant anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
After the election results, I made a pledge to myself: I will not let someone as awful as Trump affect my well-being, he will not have that impact on me, he does not have that power. I have become even more committed to my health: physical, emotional, spiritual. I am eating well, exercising, connecting with loved ones (who feel the same as I do). To improve my sleep, I am trying to stay away from news and social media an hour or two before bedtime and escaping into movies and fiction novels just before bedtime. It is my hope that everyone on our side will make a similar pledge to themselves. In order to take on this fight, in order to be resourceful and effective, we have to be sharp minded and have physical vitality. We will need emotional and spiritual endurance.
Here are things we need to focus on:
You might find it helpful to have a hard-copy of this list posted in a place where you'll see it throughout your day.
To support the first of these, I suggest making this amazingly, delicious soup. It is from Angela Liddon. (I have both her cookbooks and subscribe to her blog,) Online her soup is called Spiced Red Lentil Tomato and Kale Soup. I prefer her name for it in her "The Oh She Glows Cookbook", On The Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup. I recommend making a double batch! You won't regret it.
Below is an excerpt from her blog:
"This is the kind of soup with broth that tastes just as good, if not better, than the actual add-ins. Is it normal to want to guzzle the broth? Well, it is now, my friends.(.....)
Chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper create a downright irresistible flavourful broth bursting with nutrition. I tell ya, it’ll clear your nose in no time. Have tissue nearby! While it does contain a medley of spices, I wouldn’t say it’s overly “spicy”, unless of course you go crazy with the cayenne pepper. I just added a bit of each spice at a time and tasted, adjusted, tasted, adjusted. That’s the beauty of soup – the recipe is never set in stone. Go wild."
Find the On The Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup recipe here.
Let me know if you make it and how you like it!
(Please feel free to leave a comment not only about this post, but if you have thoughts on self-care in these time or have subjects you'd like to see in a separate post.)
Call me B.A. I was a liberal activist before I was a Massage Therapist. I work to make lives better in both realms.