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9 Recovery Tips For Election Grief

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9 Recovery Tips For Election Grief

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It doesn't matter what side you were on. Not everybody is thrilled with the way the election turned out. Some are hurt and frightened while others are elated and excited. What does matter is that we all work to find a way to move forward as a unified country. Can that happen? Not if we're mean. For those who are hurting here are some recovery solutions.

Recovery Solutions

Yes, you may feel unheard. You may feel cheated, alienated, disappointed, fearful, anxious. But don't play the blame game. The sun will continue to come up every day no matter who is in which office, and we all still have goals to achieve. Recovery has some solutions to help manage the pain for those who feel helpless and hurt.

  1. Refrain from drastic measures. Election results and the news that follow are temporary.  Stress eating, smoking if you just quit, hitting the bottle, or increasing your meds will likely have long term effects. Those would only hurt you more and not improve the situation. And you could end up dead.
  2. Do let yourself feel the pain while you process. Grief and disappointment will not kill you as long as you don’t get stuck in them. Take to your bed for a few days. Eat ice cream.
  3. Don't unfriend or bash people who don't agree with you. Revenge for differing opinions is not appropriate and won't fix things.
  4. Feel confident, not defeated. It is a fact that what goes around comes around again. The only constant is change. And this too will pass.
  5. Let Go And Let God. This is a recovery slogan that fits really well here, and everywhere. It doesn’t mean don’t be involved in positive action. It just means you don’t have to worry about or fix the whole world. Focus on what you can do and let the rest be managed by your higher power, if you are lucky enough to believe in one.
  6. Take it one day at a time. This is a recovery slogan that helps keep you grounded. As long as you are still noticing the beauty in people and animals and nature and work and kindness, you will continue to feel pleasure no matter what happens.
  7. Stay connected. Be with people who are upbeat and positive and have goals they still want to achieve. Finding a new route when a road is washed out is both the American way and the recovery way.
  8. Do the next right thing. We have always taken care of each other in hard times. That’s what we need to continue doing now. There are always options.
  9. Feel grateful for what you have. Do I need to say there is a lot to be grateful for every single day? Count your blessings.

And focus on enjoying this holiday season.

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Leslie Glass is the founder of Reach Out Recovery and the winner of the 2016 ASAM Media Award. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. Leslie is a journalist, director/producer of award-winning documentaries, and the author of 15 bestselling novels. Leslie has served as Chairman of the Board of Plays For Living, was a member of the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America. She has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, as a VP of The Asolo Theatre, and was a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation.

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