Post Election Traumatic Stress

We don’t usually write about politics at The Ladipo Group but this time politics are too personal to keep silent. I woke up to shock, disbelief, fear, and sadness. I was scouring Facebook at 4am to connect and commiserate with others. By 9am some people were enraged and ready for action. Others still in shock and disbelief and not knowing what to say to their children, at work, or to themselves.

In the coming hours, days, and weeks we’ll experience a variety of emotions whether it’s anger, betrayal, sadness, depression, or confusion. This is a normal response to grief and trauma. Here are some tips to get through the next few hours and days.

Be compassionate with yourself. Some people are sad and some are angry. Let yourself feel your feelings without judgment for yourself or others. You feel how you feel.

Stay connected. When you’re experiencing grief or trauma stay connected to other people who can hear your pain and support you or commiserate with you. Now is a time to be with people who will show you compassion.

Know when to take a break and disconnect from the media and social media. Getting information and staying connected is necessary but there comes a time to turn it off. Giving yourself a break from the constant stirring of emotions helps you get through.

Be kind to yourself. Self-care is critical right now. Whatever you can do to be kind to yourself, do it! Take a walk, watch a movie, listen to a comforting song.

There will be a time for action. First take care of your heart and help those around you care for theirs. For information about what to say to children check out this Huffington Post article.

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