Thursday, November 10, 2016

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: POST ELECTION EMOTIONS

A survey was conducted online among adults 18+ living in the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association which indicated 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election was a very or somewhat significant source of stress. Election stress is exacerbated by images on social media and verbal aggression both of which heighten frustration. Comments that are hostile or instigative, are dividing families, workplaces, and communities.

Don't fall into the pit of negativity.
  1. Watch how you react to what you hear and see.

Although it is normal to be upset, be respectful toward others. Pay attention f you have children around. Children can become frightened by what you say.
  1. Don't ignore your stress.
Stress can cause all kinds of problems including a bad mood. To help yourself feel better, take the steps you need to reduce your stress in a healthy way.
  1. Remember, someone else's opinion is only their opinion.
Some people are happy with the results. When we feel differently, their comments can feel like a personal attack; however, their opinion likely has nothing to do with you. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Respect their opinion.
  1. Take action.
If your candidate isn't headed to the White House, focus on what you can do in your community to get involved. Find a cause and volunteer.  Stay in touch with your local representatives.  
  1. Remember there is a future.
Just because your candidate did not win does not mean there is no hope. There is no definitive evidence that the next four years will be disastrous. Although there will be a grieving process to pass through, every day life will continue just as we know it.   


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