With Trump as our new president, I’m furious. I’m worried about my business, my safety as a woman, especially as a minority woman. How can I contain my energy, practice self-care without letting the news disrupt my life and how I show up every day?
Many people are deeply concerned, angry, frustrated, and afraid of what will happen to us in the next four years with Donald Trump as president of the United States. Secretary Clinton’s concession speech advises all Americans to have an open mind. I agree with her but feel that women must practice strategic steps to stay safe, and must be more politically involved. Here’s my list of suggestions:
Get in touch with yourself.
Develop the habit each morning of taking the time to meditate and consciously connect with your intuition.
We encounter all kinds of people each day, and there are always good and bad folks around us. We cannot afford to give someone the benefit of the doubt when we have seen in countless news reports how the devaluing of women places our lives at risk. Learning your own internal signs of when something feels off is critical to staying safe. (Excerpted from my book, Intuition: The Hidden Asset Everyone Should Learn to Use.)
Keep your antenna up when you are out.
Consider purchasing a safety alarm to keep on your key chain. Also, it is never a good idea to walk mindlessly down the street talking on your cell phone or texting. Women who use private car services also need to be particularly aware since background checks are often not done on these drivers.
National security expert Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear, says a woman who pays attention to her intuition and takes immediate action when she senses danger, is less likely to become a victim.
Do not give into racial taunts or arguments.
Everyone had the right to vote for whom they wanted in this election and your concerns are justified; since the Trump victory people have shared stories and videos on social media of violence directed at them.
Be cautious at work.
Take pro-active steps to ensure your safety at work by not being the last one to leave the office. If you feel that there are circumstances occurring in your workplace that place your safety at risk, this is not the time to be shy, or ignore what is going on. Most sexual abuse experts agree abuse is never only about sex, most of the time it is an attempt to overpower a victim.
Finally, being able to channel your post-election energy from anger and fear involves taking action. Volunteering for services that are critical to assisting those in need has taken on a new sense of urgency. Here are a few recommendations:
- Support Emily’s List and other groups working to get more women and minorities into office.
- Abortion Assistance Fund of Planned Parenthood
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Local food banks (any organization that helps to feed low-income and homeless people)
Intuitive Life Strategist Sheree Franklin helps people to find the courage to release their life challenges in order to live in alignment with their true self.
She is the author of Intuition: The Hidden Asset Everyone Should Learn to Use.
To learn more about Franklin’s book go to www.amzn.to/1UxlWLG.