Win or lose, the election is over. Here are a few tips on how to manage this historic time period with grace, dignity and compassion.
If you are cheering:
- Take the high road and show good sportsmanship. Now is not a good time to gloat.
- Keep in mind that this time period of emotion and uncertainty is undoubtedly going to last quite a while.
- Remember basic schoolyard rules of winning and losing and what we teach our kids. Follow the same rules as athletic events.
- Show respect and compassion for the "other side."
- Know when to change the subject to something safe like the holidays or the weather.
If you are mourning:
- Accept the outcome. The process is behind us and we need to move forward.
- Find people you can share your views with and talk it out in person.
- Avoid social media overload. Turn off television news and talk shows. Too much debate can just escalate your feelings.
- Know when it's time to walk away from a conversation.
- Take a walk. Exercise. Dive into a good book or movie or other distraction.
- Work on discovering ways you can help make positive change.
Remember the words of President Obama: We are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what's best for this country.