Well here we are, folks. It's election day, and no matter the outcome tonight, many of us will be left feeling dissatisfied, disgruntled and downright dirty. This election has easily been the most contentious race in living memory. Forget the candidates, the electorate have been doing their own mud slinging. From literally electrifying yard signs to prevent thievery, to out-and-out brawling in the streets, Americans have never been so up-in-arms over a presidential race.
So now that it's almost over (please dear lord let it be over soon) it's time to start figuring out our new normal. We need to get back to living together in peace. Leave your angry memes behind and strike out on a new path, one of kindness and brotherhood. Start un-ironically asking "What would Jesus do?" and just do that. Because we are one nation, indivisible, even after all this mess. So, with that in mind, here are 10 things you can do to cure your post-election blues.
Have coffee with your neighbor.
Don't talk about politics. Talk about the HOA and just when the hell are they gonna fix the jogging trail? Talk about the most recent local football game and who won. Talk about things that make you remember that life goes on.
Take a walk somewhere beautiful.
It's Fall after all, grab a sweater (or sunglasses if you live in Texas) and take a stroll outside in nature. Admire the changing leaves if you're fortunate enough to live where the leaves change, or just enjoy the silent solitude of being surrounded by creation.
Rake up a bunch of leaves and jump in them.
I'm totally serious about this. If you've got kids, get them involved. It will be fun, I promise.
Speaking of kids, go hang out with some kids.
Children are a blessing to all of us. They do not care who wins the presidential election. They do not care about politics, or healthcare, or immigration reform. They care about cartoons, and superheroes, and magical fairy princesses. Finding a leftover piece of halloween candy is like winning the lottery to them. So whether you hang out with your own kids, your best friend's kids, or your nieces and nephews, it will put everything into perspective.
Get a coloring book.
Adult coloring books are a thing now, and coloring has been shown to have therapeutic properties. They make them in all kinds of fun types. There are Harry Potter adult coloring books, and swear word coloring books, in addition to intricate abstract design coloring books.
Take a nap.
You deserve it. Besides, we've all been losing sleep over this election.
Go on a road trip.
The weekend really isn't that far away. Take a couple days and go somewhere fun. It doesn't have to be a long road trip, just get out of your daily grind and have a mini vacation.
Hug a friend.
Studies have shown that hugging releases oxytocin. Oxytocin has several attachment effects on the human body, not the least of which is lowering our heart rate and cortisol (stress hormone) level. It also increases the feeling of trust, which is something we have all been lacking in over the last few months.
Not only is it fun to bake, but when you're done, you've got something delicious to give to someone you care about! Share the love. Make some cookies. Cupcakes are good too. They also work as peace offerings for someone you might have run your mouth off to recently.
When all else fails, have a drink.
Alcohol can lower your blood pressure and have all manner of health benefits. Red wine and whiskey have both been shown to be good for us when taken in moderation. Just don't go overboard or you'll end up like your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving ranting about the election and crying into your glass. Take my advice. Stop at one.