2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. With the pandemic and the uncertainty of the US election, it is more important than ever to take care of your emotional and mental health. This episode serves as your gentle reminder to take a moment to build up your emotional, mental, and physical resilience by being kind to yourself and others.
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If You Want To Take Care Of Your Mental And Emotional Health You Should:
- Listen to what your body is asking for, meet yourself with kindness, and build up your resilience
- Calm your nervous system by reaching out to your support system, giving yourself a break, and surround yourself in comfort
- Get out and VOTE
How To Take Care of You
All of the unknowns in the world right not can cause anxiety and overwhelm. Don’t keep these feelings to yourself. Instead, find ways that you can calm your nervous system, reach out to your support systems, surround yourself in comfort, give your eyes a break, and talk kindly to yourself.
Your Vote Matters
Simply existing in America in 2020 is political. Health is political. It is easy to think that your vote doesn’t matter. But in reality, we need everyone to get out and vote to hold up our democratic process. I recommend that you vote for candidates and laws that work for and protect the most marginalized and at-risk folks in our country because when we vote to support policies that help people rise up, we all rise up together. Your vote matters, and we need your voice now more than ever.
How are you taking care of your mental and emotional health right now? Share your favorite routines, self-care rituals, and anything else you are doing to feel more at ease with me in the comments below.
In This Episode
- How to focus on your resilience and give your body what it is asking for (4:50)
- Why you need to calm your nervous system and kick in your parasympathetic nervous system (5:20)
- The importance of talking kindly to yourself and meeting yourself with compassion (8:15)
- Why you need to get out and vote today to hold up the democratic process (9:40)
“If you are feeling like this is all super much, you are not alone, at all. And I think it is important to normalize that these feelings are normal and it is okay to have challenging feelings, all emotions are valid.” (3:02)
“I am here to encourage you to check in with yourself and take care of yourself.” (4:26)
“Talk kindly to yourself, it is so so important. Negative mind talk and shaming is never motivating.” (8:27)
“Please vote today if you can. I know not everybody can vote, but if you are able to, please vote. Please get down to the polling station, drop off your mail-in ballot, make sure it is postmarked. I know it can feel like your vote doesn’t count, or you are just one voice, but we really need your vote.” (9:51)
“Health is political. Existing in this country is political, and it touches everything.” (10:19)
How To Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health This Election Day FULL TRANSCRIPT
This is Episode 306 of the Listen To Your Body podcast. Today is Tuesday, November 3 2020 and that means here in the United States, it’s Election Day. With that in mind, I’m doing something a bit different on this show. What I’m doing is bringing you a quick, gentle loving reminder about how to take care of your mental and emotional health and why voting today is so incredibly important.
The next evolution of Harder To Kill Radio is here. Welcome to the Listen To Your Body podcast. on this show, we’ll explore the intersection of body, mind, and soul health, and help you reclaim your abilities to eat and move more intuitively, hear your body’s signals, and trust yourself more deeply. I’m Steph Gaudreau, a certified intuitive eating counselor, nutritional therapy practitioner, and strength coach. On this podcast, you can expect to hear expert guest interviews and solo chats that will help you deepen your trust with food movement, and your body. Remember to hit the subscribe button and share this podcast with your friends and loved ones. Now, on to the show.
Hello, my friend, thank you so much for spending a few minutes with me today on a different sort of show. But nevertheless, a very important one, I decided to record this show today, knowing that it’s been 2020 has been a year. I mean, let’s just be real about that. But here in the United States, it is election day we’ve been lead working up to this day. And there’s been a lot of lead up to this day for many, many months. And frankly, many people have been waiting years for this election to happen. And no doubt there will be ramifications in the near future and possibly the far-reaching future for this, my community. You all have been telling me how much this has been hard for you. Not just physically but mentally, emotionally, it’s weighing on you, there’s been a lot of loss and stress and worry happening in this year. And for some of you more than others, especially if you have any marginalized identities, your social identity is. So today, I just wanted to reach out and say, if you’re feeling like this is all super much that you’re not alone at all. And I think it’s important to normalize that these feelings. First of all, these feelings are normal, and it’s okay to have challenging feelings. All emotions are valid. When we get stuck in them for a long time. That’s usually when we need support. But please just know that so many folks are there alongside you in feeling like this is been a wild ride. And I truly believe the more we keep it to ourselves and pretend that everything’s okay. The more we end up suffering in our own silos, and it’s incredibly isolating.
So I want to bring you this reminder today that even though our coping mechanisms, which can be really heightened during times like these are the way that we get through is a reminder to your healthy self. That we don’t build emotional, mental, and physical resilience by pushing through constant fatigue and smashing ourselves with intense workouts. or intentionally withholding food, doing restrictive dieting, and eating. I know it’s been so hard this year, I really do. Lots of emotional eating, people have been telling me about their bodies are changing size, they’re not happy about it. And if this is you, I totally see you. You’re not alone in this. But I’m here to encourage you to check in with yourself and take care of yourself. It’s really important that we are in this at least in terms of the pandemic kind of a long tail of this event. And it’s not likely to go away. And with the election, we don’t know what’s going to happen. Depending on the result. I mean, it’s just there’s so much unknown which creates anxiety and so working on and focusing on our resilience, I shouldn’t say work but focusing on our resilience right now and giving our bodies what they’re asking for and what they really need in our spirit and our psyche in our soul is so important for us building resilience. So here are just a few things I wanted to offer you, they may not be appropriate for you, you may not want to do them, that’s totally okay. But see what sparks. interest, see what feels good. See what you are curious about what feels doable. And I’ll just run down this list. And the first one is to calm your nervous system. We have some shows about this, you can go back and look. If you feel really on edge. If you’re really in that sort of fight or flight response, get that parasympathetic nervous system kicking in, reach out to your support systems. Again, so important, please don’t isolate yourself at this time, even if you’re just putting it out there on your social media or calling a friend or family member. Speaking of which, call your therapist if you have one, or talk to someone you really trust. If you just need someone to listen, say, Hey, would you just listen to me, you know, as I just vent, is that okay? Or if you want suggestions, or you want reassurance, ask for it.
Curl up with a cozy blanket. Just surround yourself in comfort, like your physical body. Cry, if you need to let it out. Please don’t bottle things up. Of course, if you’re finding yourself in that spot stuck in that spot, reach out for support. You can lay still for a few minutes with your hand on your heart. And if it feels Okay, one hand on your belly and just like feel your body breathing and your heart beating. And know that it’s here for you. If you have access to a furry friend, or if you have scaly pets and you love to cuddle with them to pet a dog or a cat just be with another little being if you can hug a loved one. We need that sort of bond of oxytocin and serotonin of being with people if we can, I know it’s not possible all the time. But if it’s available to you, and if not, you can hug yourself I know it sounds cheesy, but it really does help. The next one I had is to give your eyes a break. If you’ve been looking at a screen or your work or whatever it is and look at the sky for a little bit. Give her is a chance to relax and look around. I know it’s not always possible to get out in nature. When we say that sometimes it’s a little bit privileged. But is there a way you can just look at the sky, let your eyes rest. Eat a warm meal. Again, some privilege in that. But if you’ve been on the go and eating, running around from here to there, see if you have time or resources to eat a warm, nourishing meal and be present with it, the smells and how it looks and the textures and what you enjoyed about it.
Trying to be mindful. I know this one’s hard but talk kindly to yourself. It’s so so important negative. Mind talk and shaming is never motivating. So please do the best you can to talk kindly to yourself. Even if it’s in a neutral way. Doesn’t have to be overly lovey-dovey. But extend yourself some kindness and compassion. The next one is gently stroking your own hair or your face. I know not everybody has hair. But even if you just like, if you’re feeling like you need need to be comforted. Something as simple as that can be very soothing, very comforting without requiring another person nearby. Breathe. This is another one. I mean, it’s so simple. But right now can you just exhale, exhale, if breathing techniques don’t work for you. There’s just a way to just be with your breath right now as it is. And lastly, please vote today, if you can. I know not everybody can vote. But if you’re able to please vote, please get down there to the polling station or drop off your mail-in ballot. Make sure it’s postmarked. I know it can feel like your vote doesn’t count or that you’re just one voice. But we really need your vote. And we need to uphold the democratic process. The process of democracy is so very important. Now more than ever And here’s where Yes, there are there is politics in this podcast, because health is political, existing in this country is political. And it touches everything.
So my recommendation today is to vote for candidates and laws that will work for and protect the most marginal, marginalized, and at-risk folks in our country, black, brown, indigenous people of color, the LGBTQ plus community, the disabled, people living in poverty, people without regular secure housing, people with food insecurity. Because when we vote for these policies, and these candidates whose platform support policies like this, we all rise. a zero-sum game where some people lose at the benefit of others is not how it has to be. Remember, your vote is important. Your voice matters. Now more than ever, sending you so much love and care today. Please remember that your mental and emotional health is incredibly important. Just as much as your physical health. Probably more so currently than what you eat, or how much you’re exercising. Remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones, your communities, and each other. I’ll see you next week. Back to our regular programming. Be well my lovely!