Resources for dealing with post-election (or any kind of) anxiety

I don’t know about you, but Election Day 2016 left me with a pit of anxiety in my stomach. The way I think of it, there are two things I need to do.

The first is direct action. By this I mean not give up on the causes I care about just because my preferred candidate for president wasn’t elected. There are a million other ways I can make a difference in the world. I want to volunteer to causes I care about (mostly things that help women and children) and donate to groups that do work that I think needs doing.

The second is learn to manage that uncomfortable feeling when I think about the future. Volunteering and donating won’t immediately change anything. And I know I need to feel okay in the interstitial. It’s not tenable for me to spend the next four years (or any amount of time) suffering from anxiety and fear of what I can’t control. I know I need a coping mechanism on top of (but not instead of!) direct action; something to make me feel like I can handle the day to day.

It won’t surprise you that I think running and other endorphins-creating activities are a big part of the solution. In order to cope, I need to be my best self, not a mess.

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And remember, you’re not alone. It’s likely you have friends and family who are just as upset and just as nervous about the future as you. Speaking of, I saw these notes (images below)in the 14th Street subway station on my way to work.


I am by no means a therapist (though my sister is, and her practice can help you) but I’ve got to guess that we need a sense of community now more than ever.

Here are a few resources to help you deal with that uncomfortable anxious feeling that comes with “not knowing.”

Anyone have any other ideas? Or want to give me a hug?  Are you getting involved in your community post-election? How?

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