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2020 has been a stressful year for all of us and the 59th presidential election didn’t help to ease anxiety.  No matter your political affiliation, this election had us all on the edge of our seats.  Now that votes have been counted and are possibly going to be recounted, what is one to do during this waiting game?  Below are a few tips on how to handle that post-election anxiety.

 

1) Focus your attention on things you can control.

While it may feel like the official election results are going to be announced as slow as Nevada was counting votes, you can focus your attention on things you can control like how much rest you are getting, the amount of water you are drinking, and the number of hours you spend binge-watching the Bachelorette.

 

2) Spend time with friends and family that support you.

Everyone needs to lean on their friends and family for support through difficult times, especially ones of uncertainty.  Friends and family can offer advice or get your mind off of your worries.  It’s okay to reach out for help.  If your anxiety was present before the election, you may want to consider reaching out for professional assistance.  Mental health is a top priority.

 

3) Get excited for the holidays.

The holidays may be weeks away, but celebrating early never hurt anyone!  We all deserve to bake some cookies and cozy up with a blanket and a good movie.  You can even listen to some music and decorate your home.  

 

Whatever you decide to do during this time, know that your emotions are valid and warranted after the year we have had.  Anxious thoughts don’t have to last forever.  If you want to get involved with your community, try volunteer opportunities (socially distanced, of course).

Hello, I'm Melissa! My pronouns are they/them. I am passionate about conservation, zero waste living, corporate social responsibility, inclusive urban development and have interest in mental health and LGBTQ+ rights. I am a senior at UNC Charlotte studying Geography with a concentration in Urban & Regional Planning.
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