(KTVI) – Even if most of your candidates and causes won and especially if they didn’t win, there’s a good chance you will suffer from post-election stress syndrome. Licensed Counselor Sara Hoffstot tells us the symptoms and solutions.
Some of the possible reactions to post-election stress:
1) ANGER – This can lead to violence and impulsive decisions. People who feel violated by the election process will often turn to dumping volcanic levels of anger at someone or something to find relief for the pressure inside. This can lead to devastating decisions, impulsive rage or using the wrong words in front of the wrong people and losing credibility or worse a job. This can happen in men or women, young or old, but is most commonly seen in more extroverted personalities and it tends to blow up and blow out fast.
2) APATHY – This is a more dangerous reaction, since it can lead from distress to the early stages of depression. Stuffing emotions inside is like burying them alive and they just keep building up, yet instead of blowing up and out, they blow in. This leads a person to feel emotionally numb, and often can cause an individual to commit a series of very quiet, yet very harmful self-destructive acts.
Eating for comfort, drinking to numb the pain, hooking up with the wrong partner to try and forget about the election or just refusing to answer the phone, closing the mini-blinds and checking out on life like a hermit hiding in a dark cave.
3) ACCEPTANCE – The best choice after an election is completed is acceptance. It`s over and now it`s time to move on with whatever leaders and issues the majority of voters selected. You can`t change the outcome of an election, but you can freak yourself out with fears about the future apocalypse predicted by many. Don`t do that! Life will go on, and your world will continue.