Stress eating due to political drama? You’re not alone. Whether you’re dreading talking politics with family over the holidays (we’ve got you covered), still dealing with election stress, or just caught up in the news, many Americans — no matter who they voted for — are dealing with the aftershocks of a divisive election.
But just because you might feel out of control in the wake of the election doesn’t mean you have to forfeit control forever (and certainly not for the next four to eight years).
“Many people are feeling some stress after this election. The result was such a big surprise that many Clinton supporters are going through a grieving process. Grief takes a while to process,” Art Markman, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, tells Yahoo Beauty. “It is helpful for people to reach out to others who are feeling the same way to talk and to find a positive outlet for the energy and emotion they are experiencing.”
when does "post election stress eating" become "making poor food choices?"
asking for a friend. pic.twitter.com/dqgU895crW
— citizen janey (@citizenjaney) November 16, 2016
Michelle Obama worked really hard to encourage healthy habits and now Donald Trump has us all stress eating. Sad!
— The End. (@Nomnomqondiso) November 17, 2016
As I continue to soothe myself with my kids' leftover Halloween candy, I envision a national weight gain that will be called "the Trump 15."
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) November 15, 2016
Since election night my hobbies include
Watching the SNL parody debates
Filling out visa applications
— Isy Zuniga (@IsyZuni) November 16, 2016
If there's one thing I'm thankful for this year it's the election and how much stress eating has helped prepare me for Thanksgiving dinner.
— Canadiense de Sangre (@CanadiaDeSangre) November 17, 2016
probably gonna put on 15 lbs of stress eating comfort food this season. my election 15, if you will.
— The People's El-Bro (@jmrivera02) November 10, 2016
Do the results of this election have anyone else stress eating? ????
— Erin Althaus (@TheErinAlthaus) November 15, 2016
This years weight gain is brought to you by: Election 2016. Bring your stress eating back to life. #Election2016
— Christine Eggleston (@cytheria21) November 15, 2016
Stress eating through an election is one thing, stress eating through 4 years is another…but I think I'm up to the task.
— Patrick Dillon (@mpdillon) November 11, 2016
Markman adds that one great way to help yourself feel better — and put down the Oreos and/or that glass of pinot grigio — is to actively get involved in your community.
“Find a charity, nonprofit, or religious group that shares your values and volunteer,” Markman says. “Help in the community.”
He explains that feeling a connection with others will help strengthen your existing social connections and provide rewarding experiences that will counteract the effects of all the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty so many people are feeling right now.”
And there’s an added benefit too, he notes, especially important as America tries to figure out how to come together after an election that was truly divisive.
Giving back to your local community is “an opportunity to begin to repair some of the factors that led to the anger on both the left and right that characterized many of the voters in this election.”
In other words, want to make America great? Start by investing in making change in your own backyard.