If you’re amongst those reeling from this week’s US presidential result and perhaps experiencing a post-election freak out of sorts, try my “Triple A” approach to reduce your stress and anxiety.
When things don’t go the way you want, it’s important to acknowledge and recognize your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Are you fearful? Overwhelmed? Nervous? How are your thoughts and behaviours impacting you, your friends and your loved ones?
Once you’re aware of how you’re feeling, the next step is to determine what’s in your control? The election outcome? No. It’s done – it’s over. You can’t change it. What you CAN control are your thoughts, feelings and behaviours – your response to the election.
Take Immediate ACTION
After awareness and analysis comes action. Ask yourself: What will I change right now as a result of the election? For example, from this day forward, I will acknowledge at least one positive attribute about my country.
Here are some other suggestions:
· Go for a run, walk, jog
· Join a group/cause that encourages change
· Hang out with your pet
· Contribute your time and money to a worthy cause
· Inquire/become more knowledgeable in areas re social injustice, inequality, free trade to gain a deeper understanding and influence change
· Smile as much as possible
· Talk to a good friend who’s a good listener
· Be a good listener for a good friend/partner/family member
· Force yourself to look beyond the here and now – what good can come of this event?
· Provide comfort to others – it will take your mind off your thoughts
· Listen deliberately to music that soothes and calms
Depending on your political stripes, it may feel like the sky is falling in right now. Following the steps in the “Triple A” approach can help reduce your post-election stress and turn anxiety to hopeful anticipation.
Here are some more ideas to help you manage and defeat stress.