Coping with the Post-Election Stress

LEXI RODENCAL| FEATURES EDITOR

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Now that the election is over, many of us are faced with a presidential outcome we may not have expected or wanted. No matter who you voted for, this election season has been a time of uncertainty and anxiety for us all. We can now take a collective breath and regroup when facing the facts of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. Our world is changing around us, and it up to us to find strength in one another to carry on.

Maintain your normal, healthy routine.

It is important for your mental health and overall self to continue your normal routine of classes, work, socializing and healthy habits. Remember to set a balance between your schoolwork and your “off” time; be sure to leave some time for yourself to relax and de-stress after the last few weeks. Exercising, whether it be running or doing yoga, is a great way to find some sense of solace within yourself and de-stress.

Spend time with friends and family.

In many cases, we find ourselves associating more with those who share similar views with us. Keep those friends and family members close in this time, whether your presidential candidate won or lost on Tuesday night. Remember, we are stronger together.

Limit your use of (social) media.

For the next few days, even weeks, everything from Facebook to news channels will be overrun with political opinion posts. It may be a good idea to take a step back from the full scope and limit your use of these media channels. Whether it be a full renouncing of media or allotting a certain amount of time every day to do something else, find a way that works best for you.

Stand your ground.

On the other hand, it may be cathartic for some to stand their ground and voice their opinion on the presidential outcome. It is our right as Americans living in a democratic country to vote for whom we see fit. Therefore, do not let others bully you into submission. Stand up civilly for what you believe in and let your voice be heard. Your opinion matters.

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