Seven tips for dealing with post-election letdown
The Kansas City Star
(Updated Nov. 6, with a couple of suggestions added.)
Today marks the end of what seemed like the longest campaign ever. And even though everybody says they’ll be hugely relieved when “it’s” over, I see a letdown coming, win or lose.
Lots of us are hugely invested in this election. We interrupt our work day to click on the latest poll, or the latest forecast based on the aggregate of polls. There’s always a funny video to check out, and Twitter never quits.
Assuming no massive election glitches, there will be euphoria tonight or Wednesday morning for about 50 percent of Americans. But then, we’re back to the same old same old. Gridlock. The looming fiscal cliff. What to make of Benghazi? Fighting about health care. Really, there are no victories anymore. Just a momentary advantage in the tug of war.
Plus, the days are short and the nights are dark. In Kansas City, our football team is a tragedy. And who knows what the weather might serve up next. I predict a big slump starting as early as Wednesday and kicking into high gear by Thursday.
Always trying to be of service, I am offering a few tips to ward off the post-election blues. Take ‘em or leave ‘em. They’re free.
1) Disconnect. You don’t want to be around anything with a screen. Commiserating with friends or watching other people gloat on-line will only prolong the agony. This would be the time to read a book. Make it fiction, perhaps a story from another era and definitely not set in Ohio, Florida or Iowa.
2) If you must go on line, feel free to purge your Twitter feeds, Facebook page, etc. of anyone you’ve been following just because you might miss something otherwise. I may be talking myself out of Twitter followers here, but it will be therapeutic.
3) Exercise. Endorphins do wonders for post-election blues. You probably want to avoid the gym for awhile. The winning candidates will still be popping up on TV monitors, and nothing is more depressing than week-old election postmortems. Try a walk or run or bike ride outside.
3 )Declutter. My prescription for just about anything. Mitt Romney might be headed for the White House and Todd Akin for the Senate, but by gosh my hall closet will look spectacular.
4) Or, go shopping. No need to wait for Black Friday. If retail therapy works for you, start now. Help the economy. Give a boost to whomever is going to be in the White House in January.
5) Reconnect. Not with your computer, but with that old pal or neighbor from the other end of the political spectrum. So maybe it wasn’t safe to get together while the campaign was in full swing. But remember, you used to like that person. So gather up some wine or chocolates as a peace offering, and agree to tiptoe around the entire political terrain. You might leave thinking there’s hope after all.
6) This one comes from a Twitter commenter: Smile. It should make you feel better. And even if it doesn’t, it ought to help somebody else.