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5 Positive Ways to Cope With Election Day

5 Positive Ways to Cope With Election Day

If you are like me and cannot wait for Election Day to be over, you are probably wondering what to do with all that free time you are going to have now that your email inbox and Facebook and Twitter feeds arenít filled with all the political opinions, cartoons, photos, etc.

I am looking forward to a return to ďnormalĒ or at least not seeing my friends get into it about their political differences. And, in spite of the negativity, don’t get so caught up in it that you start to think your vote doesn’t matter — it does. The most positive thing you can do is vote; make your voice heard.

After I head to the polls on Tuesday morning, I am making a pledge to myself to let go of the incessant chatter and the nastiness that has seemed to permeate into all aspects of our lives.

So, here are some ways that I am going to focus on getting both my life and my positivity back:

Unplug! Get away from the computer, the news, etc. that has literally become a non-stop ticker tape of information on my computer, iPad, and iPhone. There will be plenty of time to reflect on election results, and depending on whether your candidate(s) or issues win or lose, plenty of time to laugh, cry, or even to rant and rave. You will hear soon enough. So, just for an afternoon, donít text, donít tweet, and donít watch the news.

Do something productive, something that doesnít require deep thought but will let you see results. Clean out your office, your desk, or make that recipe you have been wanting to try. Just do something that can give you a sense of accomplishment, however small.

Listen to your favorite music. For me, music is one of the greatest healers. It can instantly lift my spirits no matter how sad or angry I am.

Get outside and enjoy the colors of fall.† While I know that many are still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, if your circumstances and the weather permit, get outside and take a walk, work in the garden, or go and help others clean up their yard or garden.

Which brings me to this last one: help others. One way to do this is to go and volunteer for a good cause, and right now thereís no better cause than to donate to the relief fund for hurricane Sandy victims. If you live in the affected area and can go and volunteer, do it. If not, go work in a community garden, at a local park, or something else that matters to you.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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5:13PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

My boyfriend and I belong to opposing parties, which is a challenge to both of us. But it has made us more respectful of each others' political parties, since in the end, our goal is always to do what is best for the country. You may not agree with the other side, but you have to respect their opinion and try to work together. We have more common ground than one might think!

9:21PM PST on Nov 19, 2012


9:25PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

It's over with for another 4 years.

2:17PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

We weren't given a choice
Two heads on the same snake.

12:02PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

VOTED by Mail In ballot, in Oct!!!

3:43AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Noted, thanks for sharing.

8:49PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

The most gratifying way to cope with election day is to WIN!

3:34PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Yeah, the election created a lot of problems at my school, which is strange because most of us aren't old enough to vote. It would be nice if people would calm down.

8:36AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

There was an election?

5:44AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you.

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