Following Election, Local Therapist Suggests Taking Break from Social Media

Posted at 4:11 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 17:31:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For months, politics has been a hot topic in conversations and social media, fueling intense feelings and testing relationships.

It's easier said than done, but the best thing is to avoid situations where you know politics will be talked about.

Facebook is one of those places where many have seen a lot of talk on both sides, and local therapist Jane Marks said it's time to take an "emotional break" from social media.

Marks said that this year's election has been the most divisive election she's witnessed what with so many people touting profound feelings about both candidates.

But she also asserted that relationships shouldn't be broken just because of whom someone supports.

Right now, emotions are high, but Marks assured that as time passes, so will the animosity.

"We are a people and a country who have the opportunity to make our voices heard," Marks explained. "And as it stands right now, the voices have spoken, and we have to move forward from here. From a psychological perspective, it's always about taking care of our families, our loved ones, and our friendships."

Marks called riveted onlookers "Reality TV watchers" witnessing 24-hour coverage.

She stressed that it was important to get back to a normal routine and make sure you're taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically.