Two days ago, the United States of America’s election shocked the world. The ripple effects since have echoed across every corner, leaving millions feeling confused. In wake of recent events, it has not been any surprise to me to see people hugging and crying on the streets, at bars, or even at work.
Maneuvering the work space can be tricky when a major national event imposes uncertain changes in our realities. Will the economy and stocks plummet, making the job search more difficult than it perhaps already is? Will the decisions made in this election affect how nonprofits and philanthropies operate? As a woman, will I ever make more than 70 cents to a man’s dollar?
According to Wired, 90 percent of people who’ve reported emotional distress say that the toll of this election has been worse than any before. Uncertainty characterizes this period, and will continue to for an immeasurable time ahead.
The day after the election, I was an emotional mess and felt that I could not make it to work. Then, I thought of all of the women before me who got knocked down, but kept fighting for equal gender rights.
My strongest form of resistance could very well be my education and my career. So I worked that day, participated in a protest and attended a networking event titled, “Career Opportunities in Change Communications.” For years, I have pledged to contribute to the equality and justice movements both in my work and personal life. Recent events, despite the hardships of them, have opened doors to integrate social innovation in our networks and organizations.
While I was able to make the most of my day to feel better about progressing forward, I know this will be a daily struggle for a long time. If you are having a hard time in the wake of the election, give yourself the time and space to heal when you can. Bustle shares helpful tips on how to cope, including allowing yourself to cool off and reflect on what you’re grateful for. Connect with your community, even your co-workers, and bask in the collective passion and support we can share. Choose to feel empowered by going to work. Inspire yourself with reminders of what builds your ambitions. Most of all, never forget that love always wins.