4 November 2020|Werkin Wednesdays
On Sunday, Nov 1st I made up my mind about going off the grid on Election Day. Luckily for me, my office was closed so I had the entire day to my self. I don’t know about you but those election emails and text messages were raising my pressure and I had enough. Many of you know that I am a Public Health Practitioner handling Pandemic related work. My 9-5 work coupled with possible election anxiety was not gonna cut it!. This is my fourth time voting for a president and did not want to relive the waiting around trying to act normal on Election Day but secretly panicking. Those Obama elections and that Hilary one..LAWD! The nights were nerve-wracking, so couple that fatigue with Election Day anxiety Nah son. I went in with a plan.
A few Sundays ago I decided no social media for the entire day so I can focus my energy on other things. Yesterday I did not go on Instagram or Facebook until about 11pm. Instead I started my day with a hot AM Epsom salt bubble bath and a new book. I looked in my Kindle App to look for a book in my library to dive into and, landed on Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages”. I stayed in the tub too long reading that book because it’s so good! Starting my day like that was incredible for my spirit and was just what I needed to recharge my personal battery.
Next I felt a yoga session in my spirit so I opted for a Divine Feminine Kemetic Yoga Flow. Bay-Beee it got me together, truly magical! I felt like a Queen. The feeling after completion took me back to the days when I was heavy into womb work. Gotta start that stuff again. So many ideas and plan I hope to create and birth. Yoga was followed by making a nice breakfast of cheese grits, yep cheese grits (My people are country) and a rich cup of coffee that made me dance.
A few hours later after making a savory veggie soup I did a really great dumbbell workout via Workout Hotel . That workout made me hella grateful for a nice warm shower. I love those! They are like a hug from God.
I eased into the evening by crafting with a friend (she’s in my bubble) and noshing on snacks. My night concluded with a sibling zoom call with Mom for her Birthday.
I chose to shift my gears and focus inward. There was an urgent prompt to journey back to myself that had been looming over my head for some time. I decided that Election Day would be the day that I don’t indulge in the crazy but to overindulge in the things that make me… well me. I wanted the day to be noting but the things that add fuel to my tank and bring me joy.
I would STRONGLY suggest unplugging at least 1x a week to soothe anxiety. Do you think you could go a day without scrolling on Instagram?
Photo credits: Madison Inouye & Cottonbro
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