When I surveyed my Instagram community, 95% said they felt election anxiety. As the election results trickle in and most are projecting an election purgatory long after election night, here’s a guide to how I’m managing my election anxiety.
To feel pragmatically inspired and understand more about the post-traumatic growth potential from this election season – especially without spiritual bypassing – check out this special Managing Election Anxiety post.
The Truce with Food Guide to Surviving Election Anxiety
- Feel and understand your BIG Feelings. I’ll be crying either way as the results come in – either out of more sadness, fear and disappointment or relief. And it helps me to remember, Trump and this GOP are the resistance to the values of the majority. Otherwise I feel very alone in the country that is my home.
- Identify and focus on what you care about. Know you can keep those values alive regardless of who wins this election.
- The core of the change we need comes from the ground up when we join together. I highly recommend following the women of color who are leading with the issues you care about so we get to a better world, faster. As I learned from my Affordable Care advocacy work, when white people get on board, change quickens.
- Don’t catastrophize or idealize. Either way, there is massive, long-term change that needs to happen. This is a data point, not an end point to realizing the vision of America.
- Be discerning and adjust based on the outcome. A Trump win will make us less safe on all angles. We may have to strike if he doesn’t concede. It’s wise to know our choices.
And remember, resilience also requires recharging and I do hope we will have at least four years of not worrying about how cruel our President and his accomplices can be. And if not, I also know we still have choices. And choice is power.
To understand more about how to turn this election anxiety into post-traumatic growth (and how others already are), check out this special Managing Election Anxiety post.
I’ll also be doing an “Ask Me Anything” Instagram Live at 3 pm EST this week and I can certainly answer your questions related to election anxiety.