A mental health services company has offered advice to Filipinos experiencing post-election grief.
The group called “Dear future self-consultation services” or DFS shared these tips on Facebook on May 10.
DFS is comprised of licensed and licensed psychologists, guidance counselors and psychometricians, psychiatrists, board-certified hypnotherapists, board-certified professional life coaches, psychological first aiders, mental health first responders, registered nurses, physicians, certified interprofessional educators, certified performance specialists and respiratory performance coaches. .
“In any competition, someone loses and someone wins. We don’t always feel in control of the situation,” the band said.
The group advised voters who suffer from bereavement to familiarize themselves with the five stages of it according to the Kübler-Ross model.
These stages are denial, anger, negotiation, depression and acceptance.
Swiss-American psychiatrist named Elisabeth Kubler-Ross introduced this model widely used or browse his book titled “On Death and Dying” in 1969.
DFS then said grieving parties must learn to “accept” and “feel” their grief before they can fully heal.
“ACCEPT that the mental and physical effects of the loss are REAL. You have to feel grief in order to heal – to be sad, angry, anxious, frustrated, hopeless. Understand precisely what made you angry or upset,” the services said.
He also said it’s important for those who are grieving to find a support system with friends and family through this difficult process.
“Surround yourself with friends, family members or relatives who can comfort you. Share your thoughts with like-minded people. Remember not to take it too personally, because you might lose friends along the way. Find out how this loss has changed what you think is important as you move forward,” he said.
The group also encouraged them to channel their energy into doing good deeds for the country.
“When you feel hopeless or out of control, channel your energy into supporting charities or causes. Instead, help make this country a better place with your good deeds,” DFS said.
Additionally, voters should seek professional help when needed.
“If you don’t have anyone to talk to, see a psychologist who is ready, willing and able to help you with any feelings or issues this election cycle has brought up for you. Time to focus on self-improvement, perhaps? DFS says.
Those in need of therapy can make an appointment through Counseling Services. website.
The DFS also offered its mental health support services in a separate position.
“Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including weekends, after hours and holidays) to provide support for those who need to process their thoughts and emotions or if you just need to talk to someone,” her post reads.
Ahead of Election Day, there are also several private health clinics and worried Filipinos who offer counseling for coping with election-related anxiety and stress.
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On May 9, during the voting period, anxiety and tension among voters remained high.
They have turned to creating and sharing memes to illuminate and poke fun at voting situations in certain localities.
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