Tips on how to deal with election stress and grief

The election is far from over however, stress, and even grief over the results as they are could cause issues for some.

Nathan Honeycutt with the Ozark Center’s New Directions facility says it’s not unusual to experience stress or to even grieve if your candidate loses the election. “There’s always been fallout with a candidate that you wanted to win not winning.”

Daniel Farage says for him it’s not necessarily stress that’s bothering him with this election. “I wouldn’t say it’s stressful, it’s just kinda annoying, it’s just kinda like okay, can we just get on with this, we want to know, American’s want to move forward and that’s kinda more an annoyance for me than it is stress.”

Farage says he’s hopeful his candidate will win, but regardless of the outcome, he focuses on his studies, his family, and his faith to get through. “My faith is really what’s gotten me through in moments of strife and tribulation and I know at the end of the day no matter who the president is, or if there is no president, it doesn’t change that, you can’t change that, and that’s something that really helps me too.”

Honneycutt has some advice as well on how to cope with whatever the outcome of the election is or however long the counting process takes. “Remember, take a deep breath, we can only control ourselves, we can’t control other people or other things or other outcomes, it is what it is, it will be what it is, and my world becomes more about accepting what is than trying to alter or change what is.”

Honeycutt says it’s also good to vent on occasion and he suggests finding a group of like-minded friends or family that you can express your concerns to freely.