Election season is over and now it’s time to look ahead to the future. But what if that future isn’t as clear as we expect – especially now with political transitions set to take place in the coming months.
Studies have shown that the uncertainty of the future and focus on the candidates have increased American stress levels significantly over the past couple of months, leading some to suffer from what experts are calling post election anxiety. And, it’s even worse if you’re looking to book a therapist in New York City .
But there is a way to deal with the uncertainty in the short term. Here are 7 tips that can help ease any potential symptoms of post election anxiety.
Remember to Keep the Right Perspective
You might not have voted for the President-elect, but it’s always good to remember that POTUS is only a one part of the US political system. There’s a democratic process that serves as “checks and balances” – ensuring that there is balance in the US government. This way, political leaders aren’t able to pass anything willy-nilly.
Get Your Groove Back
Don’t mope around or be consumed by the news. This will only compound your post-election anxiety. Instead, get back to your old routine and pursue the life that you had before the election. Shift your attention to your family, friends or even your daily routine to take your mind off of the recent results.
Take A Break From The Noise
Unplug from social media for a while. With the proliferation of social media as a major tool for communication these days, it can get a bit overwhelming with continued posts and alerts about post election results. Take a break from the noise and get a workout in or spend some time with friends and get a fresh perspective and calmness in your life.
It’s natural to feel a sense of loss or disappointment when your candidate doesn’t make the electoral cut. But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t light at the end of the tunnel. Take a long look around and appreciate the things around you – realize that the results are only temporary and won’t last forever.
Lean on Friends and Family
Always remember that your family and friends are there if you need them. Although they aren’t certified therapists, they can be a great support system for when you’re frustrated and angry. Lean on their love and support in dealing with your post-election anxiety symptoms and you’ll feel better in no time.
If all else fails, there’s always rewarding yourself or making yourself feel special. Go and do something fun, take care of yourself and remember to relax. Taking some time for yourself will help in setting yourself up for a quick rebound.
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