taking care of your mental health after this election is vital

November 10, 2016

Now, more than ever is the time to watch our mental health. Many people are afraid, depressed, and filled with anxiety over this election. I understand people’s concerns.

Everyone has the right to feel a certain type of way right now. You have the right to feel scared, outraged, angry, or worried. You even have every right to cry right now. However, I ask that you take care of yourselves. It’s good to get all of your built up emotions out, but please do so in healthy ways.

Stress can cause a lot of mental and physical pain. If you need to talk to a therapist right now, it’s ok. You may want to meditate, listen to some good music, take a few long walks to clear your mind, write in your journal, go to the gym, or even put on some boxing gloves, and spar to get that pent-up aggression out. Do whatever works for you.

Some may need to log off social media, and not watch the news for a little while. People are still talking about the election, and that may be a little too much for you right now. I know that many have questions about what may happen in the future, but the election drained alot of us, it’s time we take a breather and take care of ourselves.

Below are some helpful resources to reach out to if need be. Peace and love

By Jasmin Pierre*, AFROPUNK contributor

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.

A Fight Worth Finishing facebook page dedicated to those dealing with severe depression

National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) 24/7: 1-800-656-4673.

The Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+) 24/7: 1-866-488-7386).

I’mAlive 24/7: An online chat crisis network staffed with certified and trained volunteers, for people uncomfortable talking on the phone.

Blaque and Blue A Facebook page dedicated to the mental health of black women

*Jasmin Pierre is a mental health activist and the author of “A Fight Worth Finishing”. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Jasmin is constantly fighting for the rights of those suffering from major depressive disorder. She aspires to become a life coach and continue writing to encourage others to never give up.

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