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Election Hangover Symptoms

Vermont, 2016

Here’s some of what you might be feeling today (or into the next several weeks), from the psychological perspective.

Fatigue – Constantly thinking about politics and worrying about the outcome of the election can give you tunnel vision. We just don’t have the cognitive and emotional energy to expend any more thought or emotions without an effect on mental health.

Anxiety Having feelings of anxiety is common. Anxiety is an ancient response, stemming from uncertainty and a sense of threat. Give yourself space, but seek professional help if it feels extreme.

Gloominess – This is also a direct result of uncertainty about what the future will hold.

Mental fog – Constant, chronic, and building stress can cause mental fogginess. It interrupts concentration. So does high anxiety. Plus, sometimes, the fogginess can have a more simple cause: You stayed up too late watching the election returns, you forgot to eat or hydrate, and your brain is just wiped.

How to Recover
Some hangovers (including election hangovers in 2020) can take a little longer to shake than others. But there are a few things you can do to recover a little quicker this time around.

Remember that you did your part. You turned out to vote and hopefully encouraged your friends and family to do the same. Reminding yourself that you played an important role in a historic election and the democratic process can help give you a mental boost.

Distract yourself. If you feel especially anxious about the election results, That could mean reaching out to family and friends, reading a book, or binge-watching Netflix.

Consider disengaging with social media. Avoid aggressive and negative conflicts, drama, and toxic situations.

Get some sleep. I know getting quality shut-eye when you’re stressed can be a tall order. Try winding down your brain before bed with a (non-political) book, podcast, or listening to some calming music. 

Squeeze in a workout. Find time for some form of exercise. Moving your body helps release endorphins, which can help you feel more positive and alert. Even walking your dog is helpful.
Find some perspective. It can feel extremely difficult right now, but remember that no matter what the outcome, life will continue after the election. Just give yourself a little compassion. You’re hungover, after all.

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