Following tomorrow’s presidential election, it will be of major importance to prioritize personal safety and mental wellness. Restocking the fridge, refueling your tank, and taking a much needed social media hiatus are just a few ways you can protect yourself during this time. No matter the results, make sure to stay vigilant and find ways to create joy in your spaces.
We created a list of guidelines on ways to stay safe this week, and beyond—read them below.
Be Wise About Heading Out
Social posts, as well as experts, have spoken about acts of violence from militia groups following the election. We understand that not everyone has the luxury of staying home and that some of us have important appointments, school or work, but we are encouraging everyone to use their best judgement when heading out. Especially if you are in a major city that has had roads blocked by Trump supporters, or threats, please be wise and stay safe.
Pack A “Go Bag”
In the event that you are displaced from your home, it’s a great idea to pack a “go bag.” Great things to pack in your bag are important documents, prescribed medication, toiletries, cash and cards, an extra face mask and chargers for your devices. Even if you don’t have plans to leave your home, it’s important to have a centralized location for these essential items, just in case you have to leave on a short notice.
Restock Your Home
If you plan on sheltering in place you should refill, restock, and refuel in the next few days. Stocking up on food is helpful so you can avoid getting caught in lines. Ensure that your prescriptions are refilled if you plan on staying in for more than a week and make sure that your car has a full tank of gas as well.
Stay in Touch With Family and Friends
No matter what side of politics you and your loved ones are on, it’s important to keep in touch with them. We’ve had to make social distancing the norm since COVID-19 hit the U.S., and the election could be another force further separating us. Sending loved ones updates about your mental/physical health could be very helpful.
Disconnect From Social Media If Necessary
With this, although social media can be a great way to reconnect with friends and family, it’s important to take time away from those apps . With floods of information and emotional dumps, social media can be draining. If cutting social media cold turkey seems like a daunting task, making a schedule to limit your use is a great way to start cutting back on your digital consumption.
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