“The vote is the most powerful, non-violent tool we have.”John Lewis
How in the world do voting and self-care intersect? Talking politics can often raise tensions and create an unhealthy environment. My own family has not been exempt from heated political debates. So, let me try to connect the dots between voting and the human need to be a part of something greater. Voting allows us to connect and champion for the greater good of our country and all its citizens.
Now I am well aware of how this statement is in stark contrast to what we are seeing on the news and on social media. As a woman of color, I am well aware of what is at stake. Voting and the policies that come from those we elect impact every part of our lives. As voters, let’s not diminish the sanctity of voting. Instead let us prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits for the voting process. This year seems to need it like never before.
The lines are long, the mail-in ballots are trickling in, and the voter suppression machine is real. These factors raise the anxiety of voters and may discourage many. But a master teacher has a plan of action and is ready to pivot when necessary. I’d like you to consider a holistic voting plan.
My Family Votes! Founder Emma Tramble believes in educating yourself first and then sharing accurate and actionable information with family and friends. This year it also includes having a voting plan to ensure your voice is counted.
Establish a voting plan:
- Decide how you are going to vote
- Mail-in, Early in-person voting, Election Day
- Vote for something
- Make it personal and know the issues
- Know what each office does
Prepare to Vote In-Person
If you decide to participate in person (Early/Election Day) this Voter Survival Guide can help support your wellness while you wait to cast your vote.
- Make sure you’re registered
- Take advantage of early voting
- Vote early on Election Day
- Bring things to keep you busy
- Bring snacks and water
- Wear comfy shoes
- Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes
- Try to find the closest bathrooms
- Wear your mask, don’t touch your face
- Don’t give up
It’s no secret that emotions are high and as a country and globally the pandemic is causing great fatigue to our body, mind, and emotions. I think that ensuring we are emotionally prepared is just as important. Your voting plan is ready, your survival kit is packed, and now some pre-voting self-care.
- Go to bed early
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Visualize a positive experience
- Smile through the mask
- Focus on the power of your voice
- Commit to seeing it through no matter what
- Embrace gratitude for all that have fought for our right to VOTE
Closing out how I opened, “The vote is the most powerful, non-violent tool we have.” ~John Lewis Happy Voting!