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Real talk: there have been so many times so far this year when the state of our country and the world have left me feeling scared and overwhelmed.

Raise your hand if you can relate. No matter your politics, I’m willing to bet you’ve felt this way at some point during the last nine months. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard friends or clients say, “I feel like I’m in a state of chaos” or “This year has forced me to become an activist for the things I believe in.”

In fact, I feel like we’ve all had to become activists so we can advocate for what we believe in. How many petitions have you signed? How many marches have you attended? How many social media posts have you written defending what’s good and right? If you’re like me, it’s more than you ever have in your life.

But the thing is, that pressure to stand up and #resist can be exhausting sometimes—not to mention that the constant barrage of news and tweets and Facebook posts can feel totally chaotic. And when I feel that way, it takes away from my ability to help others, which is something I truly love and want to do.

So I’ve compiled this list of little things that go a long way in making me feel better. (And I’d love to hear yours, too, so please comment or email me and share.)

Get dressed. It’s the first step you need to do everyday.  Honor yourself by dressing powerfully, even if you feel drained.

Breathe deep. Taking pause to breathe, meditation and create space will help you find your center

Call your loved ones and say hello.  Create connection in your life.  You are not alone and I bet many of your family members may feel the same way)

Turn off your electronics.  It’s important to stay informed, but it also can be all-consuming. It’s scary out there! So make a point to turn off your phone and computers at least two hours before you go to bed. (I know, it’s hard but worth it, trust me.) Don’t fill your head with any more information. Just rest and sleep. Tomorrow, we must get up and do it all over again.

Do one kind thing for another person during the day. Donate to an organization,  hold the door open for a stranger, smile at a passing person on the street.  Hand out food bars to the homeless you may pass.

Stay strong. Stay confident. Get dressed and put good into this world.  Be the leader in your community around you, and you’ll inspire others to do the same.