After any election, it’s fair to say that about half the population is happy with the results, and half who are not. If you are wondering now how to cope if your candidate loses an election, you’re probably in that latter category.
It’s normal and even healthy to experience anxiety after such an occasion. If you are passionate about politics, it makes sense that you would be upset.
I won’t speak to the politics of the situation. That’s your business, not mine. But as a therapist, I do want to about your mental health, as that is what matters to me.
So, in the interest of keeping you sane, let’s talk about how to cope if your candidate loses an election.
How To Cope If Your Candidate Loses An Election
1. Take a three-month break from all social media.
Go ahead and do it. Deactivate Facebook and Twitter and TikTok and even LinkedIn now for some reason now. No good will come of having them. You’re going to end up posting something you’ll regret.
Take this opportunity to disconnect from all the buzz and the propaganda and the hoopla and the hooey. It doesn’t matter what your crazy uncle posts next week. It doesn’t matter what article is currently trending.
Take this time to unplug. And relish in the relief you’ll feel from your anxiety and panic.
2. Start a new hobby.
It’s time to get the focus off the election. It happened. You can’t do a damn thing about it. The only thing you can do is focus on something else.
Hobbies don’t get enough respect, but they should. A hobby, by definition, is something that you are passionate about.
So whatever it is, take this opportunity to throw yourself into an activity that you can actually control. Your mental health will thank you.
3. Begin and end your day with a gratitude list.
Every morning when you wake up, write down a list of things that you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter what it is. All that matters is that you write them down, and make sure there are at least 10.
Then, when you go to bed at night, do the same thing you did when you first got up that morning.
Keep doing this for as many days as you need to. You’ll know when you have arrived.
The feeling you’re going for is “serenity.” The only way you get there is by recognizing all that is going well in your life and being grateful for it.
Hopefully, along the way, you’ll realize that it doesn’t matter all that much who’s sitting in the Oval Office.
I mean, it does. It totally does. It’s just that you can’t do anything about it.
4. Do light cardio or strength training.
A brisk 20-minute walk 5 times a day will do wonders for your mood. Try it out. It’s low-risk and high-reward.
Strength training is also great for your mental health. No need to overdo it. The idea here is to use those muscles, but not to overdo it.
Ever noticed how much tension you feel when you’re anxious? Light weight lifting is a wonderful antidote. Vent that tension in a positive way, and look better doing it, too.
5. Get Social
This is a borderline heretical suggestion in the age of COVID, but we all need to look for ways to connect with others. Social media and news outlets will convince you that everyone else is a fear-mongering partisan, just waiting to scream at you for your political views.
That’s just not true.
Most Americans are cool. Most Americans realize that you don’t talk about politics or religion in mixed company. And most Americans are sick of being socially isolated, too.
Reconnect with the people that make this country great in the first place. I promise you that your symptoms will start melting away.
And if you’re looking for ideas about fun activities you can do with others on a platform like Zoom, this article from Good Housekeeping has some great ideas.
Regardless of your political leanings, 2020 has been an exhausting year. It’s only fitting that it would end in a divisive and contested Presidential election. Is anyone really surprised?
Learning how to cope if your candidate loses requires that you be willing to try new things. Even though the election was disappointing to you, let it also be an opportunity to make positive changes.
2020 saw a huge increase in substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide attempts, and myriad mental health problems. If you’ve noticed your mental health has taken a hit, don’t let the results of an election send you over the edge. Take care of yourself and stay safe.
Tomorrow will be a new day.
If your anxiety or depression does not go away, or it gets worse, I encourage you to seek help from a licensed mental health professional. Talk to your doctor about treatment options. If you prefer online counseling, I recommend BetterHelp. New members get 10% off their membership.
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