How to Perform Self-Care During This Crazy Political Whirlwind

In the midst of all this crazy media coverage, it's easy to get lost in the mess and sensationalist reports and feel hopeless or alone. DON'T. We wanted to compile a list of the best ways you can take care of yourself, and those around, as America is busying sorting itself out and the surprising election results.

Talk (or text) A Friend

Talk to someone. Chances are you will very easily find someone around you more than willingly and eager to try to mentally make sense of everything going on right now. This is definitely one the times social media has turned out to be a true blessing of the 21st century. Go on Twitter and Facebook to read statuses expressing solidarity, reassurance, and understanding. In fact, like, comment, and retweet these posts to help create conversations centered around teamwork, camaraderie, and respect.

Important Hotlines

If things just become too overwhelming for you or a friend, , it's important you s

Transgender Crisis Hotline: 1-877-565-8860

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

The Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

Let It All Out

If you're angry, this video of CNN's Van Jones letting his anger out unfiltered (and with some v impressive big words mind you) is a good thing to watch:

Take A Break From the Internet

Yes, it's important to stay abreast of everything going on... but the news will still be going on when you come back. We promise. Sometimes the internet can become this all-consuming black hole. Take a break, stroll around outside, and look around and remind yourself of all the tangible good things about this country.

Women of Color Share Self-Care Tips

On Twitter, women of color took to Twitter to share influential reads and ways to take care of themselves in this confusing time. You can read their tips here.

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