National Eating Disorders Association

How to Self-Care After Election Night

NEDA Staff

Last night was stressful (to stay the least) for most of America. As we recover from this year’s intense election cycle, self-care must be a priority. Check out these helpful tips from six NEDA staffers below.


Gabe Gavito, Volunteer Supervisor 

Don't let a bad day or experience undermine all of the hard work and success that came before it. Bad days are lessons you need to process in order to move forward to better days.

Jasmin Ibrahim, Development Associate  

Cuddle someone or something! Don't be afraid to ask for a hug from your friends or family, or a friend's pet. Most of them will enjoy it, too!

Caitlin Graham, Program Manager 

Laughter is my favorite way to cut out tension. Thinking about one thing, nonstop, could make anyone feel nutty. Even if it's just for ten minutes, throw on your favorite funny TV show and give yourself permission to stop thinking about whatever is stressing you out. It doesn't mean that you don't care about the issue, it just means that you also care about yourself and your health. 

Diana Denza, Communications Associate 

Just breathe – and remember that this is temporary. Give yourself time to feel and time to mourn without feeling weak because of it. 

Lauren Smolar, Helpline Director  

It's okay to give yourself a break. Plan out a time to just zone out, listen to music, take a bath, take a nap, or do something else that will relax you and allow you to take a break from your daily life.

Chelsea Kronengold, Program Associate  

Establish a support system of friends and family who will listen and understand what you're experiencing. Lay off the social media. Different people will have different views, and social media perpetuates the discomfort and anxiety you may be feeling.