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Posted on: January 26, 2021
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An election, and dealing with the results of an election, is — as they say in a catch phrase of our times — complicated. But there’s more than a little truth in this simple statement. Cathy Casata, writing for Healthline.com, touches on some of the complications. “Post-election anxiety can be particularly difficult for people when the candidate they supported doesn’t win. In fact, they may face even more strain on their mental health if they live in a state that supported their candidate.”
Unfortunately, things haven’t been getting better. “In fact,” says Casata, “a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) reported that 68 percent of adults in the United States said that the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their lives. Only 52 percent said the same about the 2016 election.”
Calling on advice from a variety of psychologists, Casata offers the following advice to cope with post-election stress:
There is plenty of other evidence that post-election stress is widespread. Allyson Chiu, writing for WashingtonPost.com, quotes the clinic director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety: “When faced with overwhelming stress, it’s common to want to shut down, disconnect and ‘bury your head in the sand.’ “
She says that, in essence, we need a post-election detox. As with a physical detox, though, there are guidelines to do it properly. Such as:
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