Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Political Reactions and Coping

Prior to the election, APA released a survey showing that 52% of people were very or somewhat stressed about the election (APA, 2016). It is likely that, for many people, this stress has continued post-election, including as executive orders were issued over the past week on topics such as immigration, refugees, abortion, healthcare and more. You may have noticed that you and your family, friends, clients and/or colleagues are experiencing many emotions, physical reactions, and questions or concerns. These may be similar or different from people around you. 

What do I do?

The answer to this question will look different for every person. In addition, the answer might change depending on the day, how you’re feeling, or the topic. However, it is important to take care of yourself using healthy coping strategies as often as possible. These might include:

  • Give yourself a set amount of time to connect with your emotions
  • Reach out to family, friends, or other people for support
  • Exercise (e.g., running, walking, yoga)
  • Meditate
  • Do something you enjoy, such as;
    • Write, read, listen to music, cook, color, be creative, play video games, watch a movie
  • Limit time reading the news or using social media
  • Volunteer for an organization you feel passionate about
  • Contact your representatives at the local and national level
If you find that you or someone around you is having a difficult time coping, seek professional support.

Find a local psychologist:

If you are in immediate distress and need to talk to someone, contact a hotline: or 1-800-273-8255