As much as I like writing, especially writing about health, science, and medicine, it is a challenge to come up with interesting topics to write about on a regular basis. Since the election, it has been impossible for me. I have not been able to think about anything else. Paying attention to self-care and wellness seem rather selfish and unimportant at the moment.
We have bigger problems.
Now that it has been over four weeks and I can get through the day without crying, I am want to get back at it. I still grapple with my perception that self-care is trivial compared to the larger issues at hand, but it is time to start again.
Because now is as critical a time as ever to take care of yourself. Maintain or establish new healthy habits. Feel well. Enjoy life, even if it seems the world around you is falling apart.
Before the election, I was looking forward to it being over. Sometime in mid-October, I began to have a sinking feeling. Oh no. It’s not going to be over in November. No matter who wins. The hostility, animosity, and division would continue regardless of the outcome.
Although I must say, I never imagined that this would be the outcome.
I remind myself daily that sometimes you need to go down to come back up. Good things can often come from bad. I strive to make good from the worst thing that ever happened to me.
Breast cancer sucks. No way around it. But ultimately, instead of the worst thing, it has been one of the best things to happen to me.
I hope the election results and our ongoing venomous political situation will be the nidus for good things to come.
Don’t get me wrong; I think there are dark days ahead.
But already good things are happening. People are coming together. I have been invited to multiple groups, get-togethers, and discussions about what to do now.
As we come together to support and care for each other, not only will we find a way forward, a way to get through the dark days ahead, but we will be better off because of it.
Social connections, supporting each other and working together toward a common goal are all vital components of wellness. Loneliness and isolation are toxic. Family, friends, and community are therapeutic.
Healthy living is so much more than eating good-for-you food and exercising. Active social connections as well as contributing to a meaningful project or goal have at least as much impact, if not more, than our particular food choices or workout methods.
This time of year, as 2016 winds down, is frequently a time for reflection that will lead to a fresh perspective. Let’s start creating good from this disastrous election. Connect and support each other. Work together on a worthwhile project. All of which should help you to be not only happier but healthier as well.