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Election Got You Down? Survive the Season with these Three Tips

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“I will survive!” –JDT (and Gloria Gaynor)

We all agree that American democracy is important—and there’s no better way to exercise our democracy than by voting.

But, election years (local, state, and federal) can be draining. Endless media analysis of politicians and their platforms often leave us feeling frustrated.

Add an election year to your everyday life, and you’ve got a recipe for a stressed out you.

Fear not—you will survive—we all will. And, before the holidays fill up your plate even more, consider these three ways you can keep calm in a hectic world.

1. Make room for quiet time each day. Silence, solitude, prayer, and meditation is essential to a fuller you. At least once per day, spend five minutes emptying yourself of agendas and refuel with silence, breath meditation, or prayer. Don’t know how to meditate? Join me this Thursday for a special webinar on finding stillness in our 24/7 world.

2. Complete one random act of kindness each day. The blame game is cranked up high this season, and there’s no better way to squelch the bitterness than with an act of love toward your neighbor. Smile. Let others go first. Hold doors open. Listen well. Share your time, energy, and resources freely.

3. Get outside. It was 80 degrees in North Carolina today—and it’s nearly November. Take advantage of warmer (and cooler days) by stepping outside for at least 15 minutes, even when you don’t feel like it. Nature has put on her autumn best, so don’t miss the show. She’ll keep you grounded.

No one knows how November 8th will turn out, but in the meantime, you can keep your sanity by showing love to yourself and others. This, in turn, spreads light and love across our country and globe.

Need more tips on finding quiet time in your day? Join me this Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30p CDT/7:30p EST for a special session of the Upper Room’s SOULfeast favorites: “Finding God’s Presence in Stillness: Your Guide to Prayer and Meditation.” In this short webinar, you’ll learn how to use Centering Prayer, Breath Meditation, and Devotional Prayer/Meditation to rock your November.

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