This past weekend, I was hit with a bout of insomnia.
Since the news broke on Friday of Trump’s audio and after watching what experts are calling “the ugliest Presidential Debate ever”, I’ve been, quite honestly, overwhelmed and unable to sleep. And something that Hillary said during the recent debate really hit it on the nose:
“This is not an ordinary time and this is not an ordinary election. We are going to be choosing a president who will set policy for — not just four or eight years, but because of some of the important decisions we have to make… from the Supreme Court, to energy, and so much else —there is a lot at stake.“
Our nation is hurting right now, on a government level yes. But also, on a personal level whether you’re a Democrat or Republican.
Each one of us has a lot at stake. We want our children to be safe, our jobs to be secure, and our economy to remain stable. These are trying times, and so much may feel out of control right now.
In the midst of my own overwhelm, I found my footing by turning to a few go-to strategies. Today, I’m sharing them with you with hope that they help you as well.
At times like this, I turn to the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
I find tremendous comfort knowing that there are some things within my control—even though it doesn’t always feel that way. I CANNOT control what’s happening, but I CAN vote, and that’s one step I can do that is within my control and to make my voice heard.
I’m always pleasantly surprised by this one but it works every time. If I sit with my MoneyMinder and do my numbers it’s always so grounding. Clients have reported the same experience of doing “their numbers” even if it wasn’t great news they always felt better after catching up on their spending plans.
After sitting with my spending plan, and entering in my numbers this weekend, I felt stable and grounded. This may sound surprising, but there is a real sense of peace that comes over you when you know where your money is coming and going—and how much you need to feel good, safe, and taken care of. Plus, when you are in control of your finances, you can decide where your money goes, whether you are saving for a rainy day, or treating yourself to a designer dress, or a fun vacation. These little decisions add up, and empower you.
When your mind feels like its caught up in a storm of emotions, sometimes the only thing that helps is a “hard reset”. I find that nothing calms me down like a walk outside, time at a park, or a nice hot bath. Sometimes, you have to pull your mind out of the cycle it’s caught up in, and get back to the real things, trees, skies, water.
With our beautiful fall weather here in Northern California, I’m already enjoying long walks to help me stay connected to what matters most to me. I wish you all well, as the election rages on.