Seven Ways To Cope With Post-Election Grief

It's official. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. No, you're not having a bad dream, and no, you haven't descended upon the pits of hell.

But yes, you do have the right to grieve. 
Yes, you do have the right to feel angry and hurt.
Yes, you do have the right to feel confused and betrayed. 
Yes, you do have the right to protest.

With so much negativity, alienation and hate, it's easy to feel like giving up. 
But, there's still hope. 

We've compiled a list of tips to help us all get through the next few days, and ultimately, the next four years. 

1. Express yourself

To heal, you've got to feel. Whether you're angry, scared, frustrated, anxious or hopeless, be honest, accept your emotions and express them. This could be as simple as writing a journal entry or talking to your friends. 

2. Support Each Other

Surround yourself with loved ones, whether that be your friends, family or pets! By supporting others, you're also offering yourself comfort! Love Trumps Hate. 

3. Take A Break

For the next few weeks, news sources all over the world will be pushing out political stories nonstop. Most of us are already glued to our phone, computer and TV, but we've got to know when enough is enough. Refreshing your news feeds constantly isn't going to help you in the long run. You're only going to feel more drained and emotional. Spend a few days unplugged. Yes, it's difficult but your mental health is much more important. Listen to some music, watch a funny movie or take your dog for a walk; there's so much to do that doesn't involve a phone! 

4. Do Something Good And Give Back

It's likely that you may be feeling hopeless or out of control. Embrace the values of social justice and community that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been working tirelessly for. Donate to charities that support issues important to you. This doesn't have to involve money, it could be as simple as dropping off some clothes that you no longer wear to a local charity. By doing one simple act of kindness, you're already helping make this world a better place! 

5. Take Care Of Yourself

You're probably not in your best form right now, and that is completely okay! Give yourself a pat on the back because all your efforts have not resulted in nothing. Treat yourself to a fancy dinner and accept your negative emotions, don't neglect them. You may not be giving 100% yet, but that is a-okay! It's all about acceptance! 

6. Don't Catastrophise

It's during moments like these that we - as humans - tend to catastrophise things. You may notice yourself jumping to conclusions without any real evidence. Trust us, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it's simply a response mechanism. Instead of coming up with negative scenarios, it is vital to stay present. There is no denying that it won't happen, but there is no denying that it will happen either. 

7. Seek Support

You are not the only one feeling this way, and there are many people around the world who are ready and willing to assist you without judgement. Don't ever feel embarrassed to seek help as it is nothing to be ashamed of - it shows strength! From therapists to teachers to doctors to friends and parents, there is destined to be somebody out there who will help you during this difficult time. There are also many crisis hotlines available who are always there to lend a hand. You can find out more about these here