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Unhappy with the election? Here are 5 things you can do about it

Instead of moving to Canada or sleeping for the next four years, there are lots of things you can do to channel the post-election blues into something productive.

It's been one week since arguably the most divisive election of modern times and lots of Americans are feeling personally affected by the results, no matter their political persuasion.

Instead of moving to Canada, posting passive-aggressive social media posts, or sleeping for the next four years, there are lots of things a person can do to channel their feelings into something productive – here are some ideas.

Whatever you feel strongly about, there is probably an organization fighting for it.

Maybe you feel strongly about improving our democratic system, fighting for equality of all citizens, or protecting the environment.

There are so many organizations out there doing good for the world. and you can check out a list of some of those organizations that was put together by Buzzfeed, here. You can also use this database to read unbiased reviews of charities and organizations.

The Atlantic reports that nonprofits including The Sierra Club, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have seen a huge surge in donations since the election.


Volunteering is a great (and free) way to support the organizations doing important work.

This database, Volunteer Match, allows you to search a cause and find relevant local organizations that need volunteers.

You can also sign up to volunteer for your chosen political party, which do more than just campaign at election time. The Minnesota DFL accepts sign-ups here, while the GOP takes volunteers here.

Write to your congressman

Write to your congressman and tell them what is important to you. Every citizen has three people whose job it is to represent them: one in the house and two in the senate.

If you're a supporter of the GOP, which now holds the House, Senate, and Presidency, maybe you think a subject close to your heart hasn't been getting the attention it deserves, while Democrats will be fighting harder than ever to have a say in the direction of the country as they seek to work with their opponents over the next four years.

Bloomberg reports that more immediately, you can lobby your senators to take a stand on some of the White House staff appointments being made by President-elect Donald Trump. Although he doesn't need Senate approval for these (unlike executive branch appointments) pressure from both sides in Congress could force him to change his mind.

Search for your representatives using this link, here.

Take care of yourself

It might seem obvious, but if you're down about the state of the world then it's important to take care of yourself. It's a lot easier to help others if you help yourself first.

Whether that be yoga, meditation or just talking with friends or family, do something on a regular basis that helps your well-being.

Taking a break from Facebook or Twitter also might be a good idea. According to the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of Americans surveyed said that political stuff on social media has made their election-related stress worse.

Here is a list of six things you can do personally to fight stress reactions from the election.

Get involved in politics

If you feel like politicians, whether at the local, state or national level, aren't getting anything done, you might want to consider making changes yourself by running for office.

You don't even have to quit your day job, since most local offices are part-time gigs. You can find out how to become a candidate on the Minnesota Secretary of State page.

In Minnesota, they're basically begging for people to run for local office. According to the Star Tribune, two-thirds of local offices either have one person running or no one running at all.

With that being said, here is a guide to running for office and a list of common mistakes people make when trying to run.

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