I know the desire.
I feel it, deeply.

Where ever you are in the world, whether you are a US citizen or not, you likely are feeling the effects of the election yesterday. I am a Canadian, living in Mexico, and I felt this election more deeply than any other (and I lived in the US post 9/11 under Bush).

As we all know, this was so much more than an election. It was a statement of values, of ideals. Whichever “side” you’re on, you care passionately and want the best for your loved ones. The divisive propagated by this election caused an energetic and soul-level angst that is painful.

Last night, as I switched between watching the news in my father’s living room, retreating into another room to tune into Stephen Colbert and the other “comedy” channels (none of whom could find anything funny about last night) and scrolling facebook and social media) I saw reference after reference to ALCOHOL. I was grateful that I was in a sober household because I felt that temptation too.

“I bought one bottle of wine on the way home from work, should’ve got two.”
“Pass the whisky.”
Stephen Colbert pouring drinks for his guests and commentators, who commented they’d already been drinking in the green room.

The desire to numb the pain, the heartache, and the disillusionment is powerful.

But as with any heartbreak – we know – numbing the pain doesn’t make it go away.
It hides it, sure. Makes it feel a bit more bearable in the moment.
But it doesn’t go away.
The farther down we stuff it, the most likely we are to be blindsided by it at a later date.

As one client told me last week, she’d been stuffing her pain for so long that it escaped as rage when getting cut off in traffic, or when the clerk wouldn’t accept her returning of an item.

Numbing emotional pain can also show up physically – headaches, inflammation in the body, stomach problems and more.

So what is there to do right now? Feel the pain, or whatever it is that you are feeling.
Take what you can off of your schedule, today and for the rest of the week.
Take it easy.
Have a bath. Use calming or releasing essential oil blends. Make copious amounts of tea.
Reach out for support. Especially if you are feeling triggered or traumatized. Reach out.
Tell everyone you love them.
Then get to work. It can be painful to feel disempowered and out of control. Take back control where you can. Start to take action as soon as you are ready.
Volunteer at your church or another service organization. Be of service to those who are less privileged, those who are even more scared right now, those who are fearing for their safety or their future. Staying present and clear will allow your intuition to guide you. It will allow you to start seeing opportunities where you might have felt bleakness and hopelessness.

Refusing to mess around with your delicate internal balance of hormones and feel natural feel good chemicals will help you ride the waves of emotions that you are sure to be experiencing this week.
Why make the bleak bleaker? Why make the morning more painful?

NOTHING feels better with a hangover, you and I both know that.

So do yourself the most loving favour and make this easier on you by not choosing alcohol as a coping mechanism.

I have opened up more times in my schedule next week to connect. I would love to be of support and service to you if you need someone to talk to. Just click here to book your complimentary session.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that this week we’re celebrating the 1 year anniversary of my book Drink Less Be More: How to have a great night (and life) without getting wasted. The official anniversary is on Friday (11/11) and the entire book will be available to download for free all day on Kindle! I will be sending another email with all the info in time for Friday.

Sending you tons of love and a giant hug,